Barbara Edelman's animated and captivating performance of Too Tough to Tame elevates this suspenseful and steamy Frontier-set romance to another level in her portrayal of the passionate, against-the-odds relationship between the wounded Native American Storm-in-His-Eyes and Tess Summar, the white woman who nurses him back to health. Edelman impressively displays a variety of cadences and inflections throughout Deborah Camp's work, switching from the brusque, no-nonsense drawl of the duplicitous Marshall to the firm yet sensitive tone of Storm-in-His Eyes with equal aplomb.
Tess Summar dares to defy the white man’s rules and goes alone to give medical aid to a Blackfoot with a price on his head. Storm-In-His-Eyes was shot by the Marshall after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Hidden in a mountain cave, Storm lies burning with fever, barely awake as Tess tends to him. Lost in a hazy dream, he makes love to a beautiful stranger whose body yields to him in a magical cloud of beauty. Yet it is Tess who awakens in the dark cave to a shivering awareness of a powerful body resting intimately upon her...and a shameless desire that leaves her in disgrace. As he recovers, Storm, too, surrenders to an unrelenting passion that may destroy them...or capture them forever in a forbidden love.