Love’s Enduring Promise (2004)

A pioneering clan struggles to stay together - for the family, for the land, and for the promise of the future - amid life’s adversities.

With few alternatives, pioneer widow Marty Claridge (Katherine Heigl) took up with Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff), a tough widower with a daughter named Missie (January Jones). What began as a relationship that was strictly business led unexpectedly to deep compassion and respect. Now they have a farm to tend, a family to feed, and a lot of love to give. However, the new season is bringing unexpected surprises and hardships since an accident has left Clark incapacitated. Facing the risk of losing their crop, Marty and the kids pull together. But for nineteen-year-old Missie, life is offering something else as she discovers a new beginning of her own.

Two new suitors are vying for the attention of the lovely young schoolteacher: handsome Grant Thomas (Mackenzie Astin), a railroad man surveying the land, and Nate (Logan Bartholomew), a mysterious traveler who’s been tending to Clark’s medical needs as well as his farm. Little does Clark realize, but he’s become a link between this enigmatic stranger and an old friend named Zeke, who harbors a dark secret that has shadowed his life. As Nate’s true identity and mission are revealed, so is his deep affection for Missie.

Director: Michael Landon Jr.

Writers: Janet Oke, Cindy Kelley and Michael Landon Jr.

Producers: Lincoln Lageson and Randy Pope

Executive Producers: Robert Halmi Jr, Larry Levinson and William Spencer Reilly

Also Starring: January Jones, Dale Midkiff, Logan Bartholomew and Mackenzie Astin