To Robelin Algeria the quest of a wild bull represented freedom from the enslavement of society and marriage. Moved by the bravery of the bull's behaviour when it is caught in a round up and subsequently escapes, Robelin sets out to prove that-single-handed-he is master of his prey. When he meets the bull, his lust for peril is fulfilled. The bull overpowers Robelin temporarily, but the man outwits the beast. Then, discarding the chance at local glory, he allows the animal to escape. The black bull turns on Robelin and kills him. The rhythm of ranch life in south Texas, of vaqueros and their customs is contrasted with the wide wild range of Robelin's life. A credible indigenous story with a folk tale aura.