THE PRETENDER

Director: Peter Ellis
Writer: James Thorpe

Regular cast:  
Tessie Santiago:
   Tessa Alvarado/Queen of Swords
Paulina Gálvez: Marta
Valentine Pelka:
   Col. Luis Ramirez Montoya
Anthony Lemke:
   Capt. Marcus Grisham
Peter Wingfield: Dr. Robert Helm

Guest cast:
Alex Hassell: Andreo Rey
Jorge Montesi: Claudio Rey
Cyrielle Clair: Paloma Rey

A stranger rides into Santa Helena, and falls from his horse in front of Tessa - he's been mortally wounded! With his last breath he accuses the Rey family of lies and murder.

As Montoya investigates the murder, the Queen and Dr. Helm become alarmed at the frequent violent injuries to the Rey family son, and suspect that all is not as it appears within the family. The Rey's say they don’t know the stranger. When Montoya uncovers the identity of the stranger, they turn on their son Andreo and accuse him of the murder. The Queen doesn't believe the accusations against the troubled young man.

Who was the stranger and what was his relationship to the Rey's? What has Montoya discovered about the Rey's - and what will he do with the information? Can the Queen find out the truth in time to save Andreo from Montoya's plots and his parent's brutality?

text © 2001 Gail Allan
pictures © 2000 Paramount TV