Not a historical account [but] what might have happened"" is how Bulla describes this adaptation of Syson's wordless film about a young Indian's first encounter with a horse. The animal, escaped from Coronado's band, appears at sunrise to the young man who is waiting for his ""man-name"" to be revealed to him. The Indian first tries to kill the strange creature, but his arrow and knife only stick in its ""hump"" (saddle). After an extended struggle, the young man finds joy in riding the animal and decides that his own name will be ""He Who Rides the Sun Dog."" Yes, it might have happened, and the young Indian's reaction might have been just this awed and sober. As music and lighting might do in a film, Bulla and Himler impose that same mood on the reader. For the receptive.