Hewey Calloway has a problem. In his West Texas home of 1906, the land of the way of life that he loves are changing too quickly for his taste. Hewey dreams of freedomhe wants only to be a footloose horseback cowboy, endlessly wandering the open range.
But the open range of his childhood is slowly disappearing land is being parceled out, and barbed-wire fences are spring up all over. As if that werent enough, cars and other machines are invading Heweys simple cowboy life, stinking up the area and threatening to replace horse travel. As Hewey struggles against the relentless stream of progress, he comes to realize that the simple life of his childhood is gone, that a man cant live a life whose time has passed, and that every choice he makeseven those that lead to happinessrequires a sacrifice.
From a five-time winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel comes a masterful tale of a restless man who was everything the West once wasand will never be again. Now a dramatic motion picture from Turner Network Television, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard.