An easily written story, about 12 year old Johnny Shaw who lives on a ranch with his parents, starts out with his disappointment in a neighbor he had once liked very much. Vern Cameron, who had been a flying ace in World War II has returned to ranching but has taken to hiring himself and his plane out to other ranchers who want to get rid of herds of wild horses in order to save grass for the cattle. Because he is a family man, Johnny thinks Vern should stick to ranching alone and can't see why the older man should need to make extra money flying. In the narrative, this is a bit presumptuous on Johnny's part. But it makes a good story. Tracking down a bunch of wild horses himself, Johnny not only gets a much wanted colt of his own but finally realizes that Vern needs the extra money for two nephews that are coming to live with him, a project in which Johnny eventually has his part too.