It is 1906 on the Western frontier, tamed, perhaps, but still seemingly remote, even backwards. The Western “frontier” in this case is Boonville, CA, where we meet Melinda (Emily Hoffman — in her film debut), a 13 year-old girl with a prestigious family background — her stepfather, a man named Maddox (Richard Tyson), is the most powerful businessman in the area. But, for the locals, her standing means nothing as she is a child born out of wedlock. An outcast in the local community, Melinda decides to make it her special mission in life to uncover the truth about her birth. Boonville is a small town, and such “diggings” are likely to expose things in the past that most would like to leave buried in the past.
This film adaptation of Judy Belshe-Toernblom’s novel, “Boonville Redemption: The End of the Beginning,” stars Pat Boone, Ed Asner and Diane Ladd.
Released Nov. 8. 2016