In a not too distant and desolate future, nestled high within the mountains, lives a silent old man alone in his cabin. With the heartache following the death of his wife months before, he struggles on his lonely homestead. Stumbling through the motions of surviving alone his only companion is his dog, his only words are those which he writes in letters to her at night.
To the townspeople in the valley far below he is known as El Hombre Solitario, a nearly mythical character who would arrive for a day to trade and disappear back to the mountains and the forest above without a trace.
But no more. Those were the days before Alcalde, before The Town was no longer friendly to outsiders and trade, before The Town lost all hope.
Now he exists only as an idea. A silent symbol of freedom and longing for those who still live in The Town. And for a few, El Hombre Solitario has become a belief they must seek out, a ghost in the woods who can deliver them from their suffering, a faith they are willing to sacrifice their lives for.
Soon the old man discovers a boy in the woods, barely clinging to life. The old man nurses the boy back to health and begins to teach him how to live in their harsh world, how to be a man, how to be hard. The boy watches his silent instruction, he learns, and he matures.
Meanwhile, Alcalde begins to search for the cabin the people of The Town speak of; where refugees continue to flee, the place where the myth of El Hombre Solitario resides. Alcalde will stop at nothing to get what he wants; and he wants the myth destroyed.
When El Hombre Solitario and the boy refuse Alcalde, they must find the strength to protect themselves and their land, or lose it all to the evil that has sprung from the ashes in The Town below.