The Cumberland Mountains in the early 1800's provides the territory in which Yancey Caywood, nigh 12 and itching to get away from home and women's work, goes on a remarkable hunt and makes a remarkable kill. Smarting at the tasks his widowed mother keeps setting for him, Yancey and his dear hound Blue enviously watch his big brother Pleasant go off hunting every day. But, once on a walk by himself, Yancey sees the tracks of a buffalo and his observations are confirmed by other men in the vicinity. When a hunt is organized- for the last buffalo in the Cumberlands- Yancey is allowed to go and, in a gripping sequence, kills the old bull himself. The Joss of Blue shadows his victory but the experience makes a man of the boy. With his excellent ear for dialogue and feeling for the period, Steele in at his best here.