Director: Peter Ellis
Feeling lonely, Tessa leaves Montoya's
party alone. As she walks across the plaza she hears a shot, and sees a woman
violently thrown through the hotel balcony doors, over the railing onto the
ground in front of her. A young man follows the woman through the doors, gun in
hand, franticly calling her name - Carmina. The party guests, Capt. Grisham in
the lead, arrive on the run, and Grisham immediately orders the arrest of the
murderer. Tessa is the only known witness.
Next day, Carmina's brothers demand a
promise from Tessa that she will testify. They are worried and angry that Anton,
the accused killer, will get away with murder. Anton is the son of wealthy
rancher Mary Rose, while Carmina was just a poor peasant girl. Mary Rose, with
eight armed men at her back arrives in town and demands Montoya release her son
without trial. When Montoya refuses, Mary Rose quickly resorts to death threats
to insure Tessa's silence.
Tessa is caught between Mary Rose and Carmina's brothers. Is Tessa the only witness? What really happened in the hotel room? As Montoya attempts to manipulate all involved for his profit and amusement, Tessa, Mary Rose and Vera struggle to find a way to the truth.
©2001 Gail Allan