Along the side of the house comes BEN EDWARDS, 14, with a
man-sized armload of chunkwood clutched to his chest. He,
too, has spotted the stranger and is all attention. So much
so that he trips, but recovers his footing. He pauses to
dump the wood into a woodbox by the door -- his eyes always
riveted on the oncoming rider -- and then he moves toward
the others, biting a splinter out of a finger. Beyond Ben,
MARTIN PAULEY emerges from the barn and crosses the open
ground heading toward CAMERA. Martin is somewhat under
20, a lithe, perfectly coordinated male animal, with
Indian-straight hair and a white man's eyes. He is carrying
bridle or other horse-gear. He looks to the family on
the porch -- to see if they recognize the stranger -- then
out again. He continues, followed by Ben, toward where
Debbie crouches over her dog.
8EXT. PLAINS COUNTRY - LONG SHOT - ETHAN - LATE AFTERNOON
As he rides downslope toward the house.
THE CREDITS END.
9EXT. THE EDWARDS RANCH - MED. CLOSE SHOT - MARTHA, LUCY,
AND AARON - LATE AFTERNOON
Suddenly, Martha's eyes widen as she -- even before Aaron --
recognizes the distant rider. Her hand goes to her mouth
to check the name that trembles on her lips...An instant
later Aaron, too, identifies the oncoming horseman.
He looks at her, frowning, then slowly steps out onto the
hard ground. Martha hands the bowl back to Lucy and follows
10EXT. THE YARD OF THE EDWARDS HOUSE - FULL SHOT - THE GROUP
as Ethan rides in and sits his horse, looking down at them.
There is a noticeable constraint on all of them. Finally:
His eyes shift to Martha and hold. Ethan is, and always has
been, in love with his brother's wife and she with him.