Goldie Parker, still grieving over the violent deaths of her husband and daughter, quits her job as a columnist at the Denver Post, sells her house and moves from Denver, Colorado, to northwest Montana. While taking research notes in a small Montana cemetery, she encounters a man on horseback. He turns out to be an apparition, a blood ancestor and a link to her Kootenai Indian heritage. The town librarian, Susan, relates the local legend of the ghost, Moody Smith, to Goldie, who is captivated by Moodyas plight. Moodyas story unfolds and reveals parallels between his never-ending ride to help the tribe and Goldieas own never-ending search for inner peace. Goldieas self-pity and sorrow transcend into a desire to help Moody. During the process, she liberates herself and frees his spirit.