Barbie Maguire shares the enthusiasm of her high school friends for handsome and vain Keith Vaughn. While seeking to catch a glimpse of him at his job she accidentally becomes involved in a contest in which she wins the first prize, a Shetland pony. From that moment Barbie becomes less concerned with the status symbols which govern her friends' lives, and turns to the more concrete matters of caring, outfitting and feeding her pony. Among the impediments she drops is her admiration for Keith, and free from the limiting conventions of her contemporaries, is able to form a relationship with a worthwhile young man. Barbie is a refreshing heroine and her adventures with the Shetland should have a strong appeal to teen-age equestrians.