The author of two other animal tales (Syla the Mink; Halic: The Story of a Gray Seal) has again produced another splendid animal -- the stag Rhus, a credit to his species -- but the humans here, both as characters and representatives of varied conservation positions, are definitely not. Duncan Turner, moved recently from Sussex, is generally opposed to the bloody hunt at Exmoor; however when his small daughter witnesses the destruction of what she believes is her pet deer, his outrage costs him village acceptance and his farm. Also opposed to hunt practices is ""preacher"" Isaac, a protectionist philosopher, and members of the League for the Abolition of Blood Sports. The Hunt-League confrontation ends with the young picketing -- and the last ride and plunge of the Hunt's Master. Rhus lives out the cycles of the wilds appearing from time to time as a goad, a reassurance, or a warning. The message here has specific British application although Rhus and his plight might rustle up some general interest as well.