H.D. Dalton (Scott Glenn) is a big-name rodeo rider until an injury forces him to give up the sport. He returns home to start over, but the life he expects is nowhere to be found. The family farm is in shambles, and his father (Ben Johnson) now lives in a nursing home. Determined to change things, H.D. bails out his dad and reignites a romance with an old girlfriend (Kate Capshaw). Focused, he enters a rodeo contest, hoping to restore his family's ranch and happiness with the prize money.