The American Southwest, 1879. Poor families struggle to get by in towns just
at their infancy.
Lawlessness runs rampant in an environment where the rules have either not been
designed, or have no
means of being enforced. In this dangerous, exciting world, thirteen year old
Rio (Jake Schur) finds
himself with a horrible choice. His violent and unpredictable father is beating
his mother, as he has done
so many nights before. Rio knows this night is different, that he must act in
this moment if he wants to
save his mother's life. He steals his father's gun and shoots the man, killing
him dead, right on the spot.
Through this horrible act, Rio has saved his own life, and the life of his
older, teenage sister Sara (Leila
George). Both are horrified to find that their mother has already died. They
have no time to morn their
loss. Rio's uncle Grant (Chris Pratt) lives in their town, a somehow meaner
bastard than even his
now-deceased brother. Rio and Sara both know that if they stay, it will mean
their certain death. Even if
they run, there is no telling if they will be able to survive. But they have to
After a quick and violent confrontation with Grant, they flee. With only each
other to rely on, they rush
off against the backdrop of the Southwest, knowing that Grant, at any moment,
could be right behind.
Their only hope is in finding a friend their mother spoke of once in the far off
town of Santa Fe.
One night later, the young siblings are too tired to run any farther. They fall
asleep inside a small shack
in the middle of a clearing. When they wake up, the famous outlaw Billy the Kid
(Dane DeHaan) stands
over them, a group of his lawless cohorts standing around them. Rio and Sara
wandered into a most dangerous part of American history.
Most of Billy's men want the children thrown outside, but Billy knows Sheriff
Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke) is
right behind, chasing him just as Grant must be chasing Rio and Sara. He keeps
the children in the shack
with them as they all get some much needed rest. Rio is in awe of the famous
outlaw. To him, the
presence of this dangerous criminal is the first good news they've had in days.
When the group wakes up, Pat Garrett and his men, all true men of the law,
have found their hideout. A
skirmish ensues, resulting in the capture of Billy and his men.
Despite Sara's reluctance, Rio lets their presence be known to Sheriff
Garrett. A gruff, taciturn man,
Garrett eventually agrees to help the children get to Santa Fe. Over the new two
days, Rio will grow to
understand the dangerous dynamic between Billy and Garrett that has played out
over the past few
years. He will see positive and negative aspects in each man, and will begin to
wonder which one of them
he truly wishes to become as he continues his all too rapid journey of becoming
When Santa Fe is reached, Rio and Sara run off. They find the friend of their
mother, only to discover
that Grant has found her first. Furious with his nephew for taking the only
living soul that he has ever
cared about, Grant kidnaps Sara, telling Rio that he will kill them both should
he ever find them.
Without his sister, alone in the world, Rio is faced with a choice. Will he give
up, or try to save her life?
This will lead to Rio's ultimate decision: he must find Pat Garrett and Billy
the Kid. One of them will surly
With passion and sudden purpose, Rio rushes away from Santa Fe, not knowing
that he is heading
straight toward the dangerous, violent final months of confrontation between two
of the most notorious
characters the American Southwest has ever seen.
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