Witherspoon's Winona of Windermere was ""that cute l'il ol' girl pup"" to fifteen-year-old Bryan Cole and it was strictly a case of love at first sight. But ""that cute l'il ol' girl pup"" was also worth her baby fat's weight in gold. She also belongs to Frank Sullivan of Sullivan Southeastern Paper & Pulp, an outfit that had once jailed Bryan's father for trespassing. In kind of a southern Horatio Alger story, one follows Bryan's progress as he saves Sullivan land from a fire, goes to work for foreman John Homer, buys little ""Lady,"" as he renamed her, learns how to train her to point until she is well on the way to becoming a field trial champion and is now worth a cool $1000.00--the money Bryan needs to fulfill his ambition to go to college and study forestry. Finally he is faced with decision: Lady or education? A pleasant, low keyed entertainment with intelligent relationships and interesting detail about the pulp industry, conservation and, of course, the making of a bird-dog.