More in the romantic tradition of the wild stallion legends than the new Farley book, but perhaps for that reason, of more general interest, is this tale of King, the black stallion, his pursuers and friends, on the Western plains. The Darbys -- Vince, the father, Milly, the mother, Ben, Steve and Dixie, in order to save the beautiful wild horse from the greed of the unscrupulous horse trader, Tom Sample, decide to brand King with the brand of their Tack Ranch. However, when Tom Sample comes triumphantly to Tack with Mr. Blair, a racing men claiming that King was an escaped colt from a famous stud who died almost coltless, the Darbys reluctantly allow Sample to begin running down King and his wild herd. Sample's cruelty is soon brought to Mr. Blair's attention, however, but not soon enough to prevent one of his men from wounding King. The great horse, near death, is nursed to health on the plains by Ben and Dixie, and is finally brought back to Mr. Blair. However, Blair has a change of heart, and the stallion is released to the freedom of the plains. A good yarn with some informative glimpses of wild horses and horse running.