Aldridge's susceptible sporting proposition is just about as sure a thing as you can get in the form of a story which combines the barebacked appeal of a boy and his horse and it takes place in the all wool and more than a yard wide territory which comprised Australia's sheepfarming country a while back. Where Scott Pirie, thirteen and the town's maverick-troublemaker rides the pony he's given (by Eyre, the richest man around -- to help him get to school) to beat hell. The boy and the pony Taff are not only inseparable -- they're also alike, game and willful. Until Taff disappears to rejoin the herd of wild ponies and turns up again -- behind the cart of Eyre's crippled daughter Jo. The case which ends up in court soon divides the town in half as basic oppositions of rich and poor, right and wrong, take place until a sort of ""natural justice"" -- almost like Solomon's -- decides the matter at hand. . . . Look at it this way and don't think twice -- where there's a boy with a horse, there's bound to be another one of any age.