western set in 1886 starring tommy lee jones as samuel jones, a wanderer who abandoned his family years before to travel with a band of apaches in new mexico. over the years, his conscience eats away at him and he finally resolves to return to the family he left years before. but on arrival at the homestead, he finds his wife long dead and his grown-up daughter maggie (cate blanchett) and her husband brake (aaron eckhart) filled with bitterness about the past, unforgiving and unwelcoming. amid a tide of recriminations jones decides to leave the family - but when a band of ruthless bandits ransacks the homestead, killing maggie's husband and kidnapping her teenage daughter lily (evan rachel wood), he becomes maggie's only hope. can he track down the bandits before they disappear with lily into mexico?