Another top notch animal story is in the making from page one of Kjelgaard's new book set in the Arizona rim rock country. Simple in its elements , it neverthless has the grip of strongly realized surroundings and characters as a young Johnny Torrington, who lives with his grandfather , makes friends with Jake, a professional hunter, and his dogs, and an enemy of the biggest and most perverse lion ever to stalk the district. The lion, whose own story is also told, has come to hate men through the network of experiences that form his background. Unceasingly, it attacks more than it needs for food, and at last kills Jake too. There is drama as Johnny, his grandfather and the dogs play their parts and as Jake's best young hound, Buck, turns to Johnny when he finds his master gone and his revenge fulfilled on the lion. Natural suspense all the way.