THE COUNTERFEIT QUEEN
Director: Peter Ellis
Grisham are hunting when they hear shots. A woman who appears to be the
Queen is robbing the Monterey stage carrying the pueblo payroll. Montoya
and his men arrive at the scene and give chase. After a brief fight the
“queen” is captured and unmasked – but who is this stranger? Montoya
quickly realizes this woman is not the Queen but an imposter.
advantage of his opportunity, Montoya keeps the “queen’s” capture
secret, pockets the gold and spreads the news that the Queen has “turned
against her people.” Tessa and Marta go to the robbery site and find
evidence that Montoya has captured the imposter.
situation is complicated by the arrival of the new Viceroy – a vain,
corrupt official. Montoya plots with Carlotta to further damage the
Queen’s reputation in an attempt to impress the Viceroy. That Carlotta
will be captured/killed in the process is unfortunate.
© 2001 Gail Allan