A generally satisfying adventure and love story that was aided greatly by Hathaway's vigorous direction. Hayward is the widow of Franz, who is out of the movie early when a forest fire takes his life in the wilds of Canada. Hayward is left with son Holmes, precious little money, and a
farm she can't handle alone. She hires Boyd, a rough-hewn handyman, to help her run the place. Holmes and Boyd get along well (not unlike Alan Ladd and Brandon de Wilde in SHANE). He is a dour man with a history that seems to have been one rotten break after another. Everything is going along fine
but people in the nearby town are beginning to talk about the widow and her handsome lab...