Highway 395, one of the great American roadways, begins among the lush, rolling farmlands above San Bernardino, California. Over 500 miles long, it climbs a winding path into the heart of California, through the deserts, the forests, the great mountains and deep valleys, not ending until it reaches the Oregon border. An important route for truckers, it is laid out along the eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and is known for some of the most spectacular vistas of any highway in the country. Through the now quaint old-west towns of Johannesburg, Inyokern, Lone Pine, Independence, Bishop, Benton, Doyle and Alturas, the tradition of the cowboy, the miner, the gold seeker, the sheriff and the outlaw still lives and breathes.
The guardians of this trail are the California Highway Patrol and the Sheriffs of the host counties: San Bernardino, Kern, Inyo, Mono, Plumas, Lassen and Modoc. Of these, the most beautiful is Mono County, where Highway 395 dances along the Inyo National Forest to the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park. From Bridgeport, the county seat, works Sheriff Rawley Wade.
Fred Dryer Productions presents HIGHWAY 395, a classic western and a modern thriller. Taking a hard-edged look at urban corruption, the frontier spirit, the need for individual responsibility is Sheriff Rawley Wade, played by Fred Dryer, a lawman under incredible professional pressure while facing difficult personal decisions. While focusing on his professional demands, he learns a valuable lesson about the importance of family.
Actually Sheriff Wade has two problems: first, there’s a serial killer on the loose and the strain is changing the way the people of Bridgeport are relating to their town. Then, outlaw truckers discover Highway 395 to be an ideal route for smuggling methamphetamines. When a dangerous felon, with a personal grudge against Wade, is about to be released from prison, it becomes a race against time for Rawley Wade to stop the outlaw gangs.
And in order to solve the mystery of the serial killing, Wade must take an unwanted trip to the hellish mind of Mono County’s most notorious criminal, Charles Manson himself.