These Thousand Hills | 1958
Albert 'Lat' Evans is a cowboy who dreams of becoming rich and successful. He becomes friendly with ranch hand Tom, and the two hunt wolves. After this ends badly, Lat borrows money from Callie, a local woman who has feelings for him. Gradually, Lat becomes a successful rancher, ultimately forsaking Callie and Tom to marry Joyce, a banker's daughter. As Lat moves into politics, he must decide whether or not to ally himself with the devious Jehu.