When Mr. Warmack brings home a new wife--loud, blustering, buried under make-up-- his daughter Peg is hurt and resentful. However, the new Mrs. Warmack proves that underneath the paint she's made of good tough stuff, and gains the love and respect of stubborn Peg. Reluctantly, when his luck has run out, Mr. Warmack becomes a carnival man, and gives pony rides to the kids. The three dimensional character study of Peg, the ""pony girl"", is commendable. But the author has lost much here by trying to cram too many events and emotions into too short a time span; the reader is lost in the fast frenzied whirl of events which pile up on top of each other too quickly. Though unlike the usual level of horse stories, it does have some realistic characters and a unique background.