In Gil’s version of Miguel Barros’ screenplay, Butch didn’t go out in a blaze of glory but escaped and lived a quiet life in the Bolivian hinterlands under an alias. And as Gil’s film begins, grizzled “James Blackthorn” (Sam Shepard) is preparing to cash in his horse-breeding stock and return at long last to the United States. Saying goodbye to his sweet little ranch and his Indian bunkmate (Magaly Solier) and setting out across the stunning, sere Bolivian countryside, Blackthorn has a run-in with fleeing thief Eduardo Apodaca (Eduardo Noriega) who, after costing Blackthorn his grubstake, offers to cut him in on loot stolen from a wealthy mine owner. A posse of men wants that loot too, and Blackthorn and Eduardo find themselves in a few good old-fashioned chases and gunfights. But Blackthorn soon finds that the money wasn’t what he thought it was, and neither is Eduardo.