Television Series - Historical / Western

In 1876, an ex-lawman tries to settle in a valley of killers, finds hope and self-fulfillment when he resorts to black mask and bedevilment while romancing a rich man's gold-digging but lovable fiancé. WG#: 751110   (suitable for animation)

Complete Synopsis:
(Feature length script will serve as pilot.)

In 1876, EMMETT STRONG, a deputy U.S. Marshal, is fed up with killers like Sid Taggart being freed in court and finds himself about to turn into one of them. Receiving an inheritance, he resigns and heads over La Veta Pass in the Colorado Rockies to join Neil Korman, who had taken him in as an orphan. Emmett knows that Taggart's father lives in the same valley.

On arrival at the ferry on the Rio Grande, Emmett learns that the vicious Rad Bromley own most of the valley. When a masked man called Black Rider sets the ferry on a wild ride down river, Emmett finds himself saving the life of Penny, Lou Bromley's fiancé, who resents him on sight and is after Lou's money. Emmett reaches the Korman ranch only to learn that Neil, who had been the Black Rider in an effort to help besieged settlers, had been killed. At the behest of Neil's teenage son Asa, Emmett takes on the black clothes and mask.Emmett finds himself hiding behind the mask and making love to Penny every chance he gets. She dislikes the real Emmett, finding him arrogant, but responds to Black Rider.Across the valley, Thorn Taggart has his own little empire. To stop Bromley from killing settlers, Emmett as Black Rider finds ways to set Taggart and Bromley against each other. When Sid Taggart kidnaps Penny, the war erupts.(Feature length script serves as pilot with minor changes in 3rd act.)

CONTINUING EPISODES: Emmett finds no escape from his masquerade as Black Rider because of the continuing fight for justice. In each episode, the romance between Black Rider and Penny becomes more exciting and dangerous. At the same time, she finds the real Emmett Strong a distant and arrogant man.
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