Jake Garner grew up on an isolated ranch in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, with a drunk for a father and a bully for a big brither. For protection from those two, Jake’s mother would send him into the mountains to hunt game for the dinner table. His favorite place was a no-name canyon back in the Bitterrots that was relatively unknown–in all the times he went there, he never saw another soul.
After serving three tours in Vietnam, and staying as far from his brither and father as possible, Jake suffers a serious stomach wound. While recuperating in a Hawaii hospital, his mother and brother are killed in a car wreck. Soon after, his ailing father passes away–when Jake finally gets home, the house is empty and the ranch is his.
When tragedy strikes again, Jake, alone and filled with grief, returns to his canyon. While camped on the rim watching an eagle on the hunt, he notices movement below. Two men emerge from the forest shadows. They seem out of place. Then a female emerges in a sheriff’s uniform, and Jakes realizes somthing’s about to go down. He doesn’t realize that it will force him to decide how important his life still is.