Dr. Lyman, the professor (Patrick Husted), for example, isn't the dreamy poet he first seems. He's a calculating, alcoholic seducer of young women, and Elma, the high-school-junior waitress (Kayla Ferguson), is falling into his web. Virgil, the older cowboy (Larry Tobias), has a strange attachment to Bo, the younger cowboy (Jack Fellows), living vicariously through Bo's adventures like a possessive, if platonic lover. Grace, the diner owner (Pilar Witherspoon), expresses relief that her husband has been gone for months, and she soon lures Carl, the bus driver (Malachy Cleary), to her apartment above the diner. Bo, meanwhile, has kidnapped Cherie, the nightclub singer (Susannah Hoffman), and is taking her to his Montana cattle ranch against her will. Cherie is shocked only because she assumed Bo was just one more one-night stand.