Young Eddie, sturdy protagonist of and Little Eddie, has that dream adventure when he visits some Texas relatives who have a ranch and horses and cowboys and all such television wonders. Accompanying Eddie on his trip is the goat, Gardenia, relegated to enforced exile by Eddie's father who had had just about enough of Gardenia's indiscriminate appetite. But Gardenia's appetite does not diminish and her action cause Eddie some difficulty until Gardenia is forced to live in a goat pasture with the . In the meantime Eddie -- and the reader -- are having a super-duper time what with the pony riding, exploring the new country, being cowboy-courageous, and even rescuing Gardenia from death, which exploit wins him his spurs. Not a word's breadth out of the young rander's ken - very real, full of giggles, whoops and chuckles.