Ambitious criminals and an uncertain sheriff collide in this story of greed, revenge, and unsuspected love in a small California town. The caretaker of the mission's bells plans to ring them to usher in a new era for the town, but will he be commemorating death, marriage, emergency . . . or perhaps all three? Personal tragedies, schemes for terror and profit, and the threat of revolution spilling over from Mexico combine to set the stage for San Juan's long-overdue transformations.