The father (Kirk Harris) is a rough sort; we are led to believe he had a hard war. The teenage son (Ryan Ballance) helps his father unwillingly (unsurprisingly as he is given the unenviable and dangerous task of working the mine) and is haunted by the memory of his dead mother, whom he witnessed committing suicide. Well, I guess he would be a bit troubled. As the characters develop (for they do, a bit) we will find that there are mental strains on both.
Michael Madsen is in it, as the local sheriff, but he’s largely extraneous to the plot and only appears at the beginning to bond with the boy and at the end, to be shot. Still, in his brief appearance he does at least give the lad a derringer, so that sent the movie up in my estimation (you know how besotted with derringers I am).