Emmett listens, moves silently to the door, and opens it
carefully. WE FOLLOW him outside, out into the bright
sunlight, into the awesome promise of the American West.
EXT. SHACK - DAY
Emmett moves warily around the isolated shack. There are no
more attackers. He looks off into the distance. Two riderless
horses, galloping away, are the only moving things in the
empty landscape. A third saddled horse, a pinto, stands
nervously near Emmett's horse, which is tied to a stake.
Emmett walks to the body of the Man Outside and looks down
at him. He doesn't know him. He moves to the pinto and calms
it. He examines the distinctive brand on its flank, a circle
with two wavy lines beneath it. Emmett is clearly mystified.
He rests his arms on the saddle and stares after the
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EXT. EMMETT RIDES (VARIOUS SHOTS) - DAY/NIGHT
Emmett travels, the saddled pinto in tow. He moves from high
mountain terrain down-country, through meadow and canyon. He
makes night camp near a rushing stream. The land flattens as
he approaches the desert. The sun beats at him as he dismounts
at the edge of a white-hot plain. He takes a short pull from
his canteen and squints off across the flat, empty space.
All he can see ahead is blinding sand and blue sky.
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EXT. DESERT (SERIES OF SHOTS) - DAY