Fifteen years ago, Tommy Sonnen picked up the family baton passed down from his great-grandfather and did what he was trained to do: raise cattle for beef. From that point onward, Tommy has referred to himself as a fourth generation cattle rancher, living about an hour south of Houston. For more than the last decade Tommy has trotted the path laid out before him, until the woman he married six years ago, Renee King-Sonnen, experienced a connection she never anticipated and pulled him onto her path leading to a completely new way of life.
Once married, Renee, a singer and songwriter, found herself traveling from suburbia to cattle country and adjusting to life on the ranch with her new husband. Daily, she woke up surrounded by 96 acres of beautiful pasture, greeted by horses, chickens, and her favorite: the herd of cattle complete with a bull, protective mothers, and their grazing babies. Renee would join the herd on the pasture, sing and dance with them, and began referring to them by names rather than as numbers (against Tommy's wishes) as they left marks on her heart. After days of bonding with her new nonhuman friends, nothing could prepare Renee for the reality of cattle ranching.