Vera Miles (Molly Parker) is the shy romance starved spouse of Sheriff Parker (John Anderson) who is a hard nosed frontier small town lawman. Molly is not as shy as she once was as she falls for Sam Elliot (Johnny Lawler) who is a prisoner in Sheriff Parker's jail. Johnny cons Molly into cooking up a plan to help him escape. Molly finally sees thru Johnny and begins to feel that she has been taken advantage of and used. But by the time the lawmen figure out what is going on Molly has already proven that she is not one to be used and she has shown Johnny what shy little girls in this little western town are made of and it's not sugar and spice!