In the beginning a stray dog has four pups, and Griffiths follows one of them through her good and bad times--with a little boy whose mother beats her and finally turns her out, with a gypsy boy who moves on, an old man who meets with and' feeds her on the sly but soon dies. . . and between havens she wanders, scavenges, bears litters, and is mistreated by some humans and befriended by others. At last when she is rounded up with other strays and taken to the pound, she is adopted by a family whose mother and daughters have been feeding her and can't bear to have her put away. None of this is sentimentalized in the telling; it's just a dog's life set down straight for those who might be inclined to care.