Nine-year-old David reluctantly leaves the orphanage in which he has grown up to join a foster family in a rural area of England. Here, away from the regimen of institution life, shy of his adoptive parents, his days are lonely and insecure. But when David meets a fox and trains him to gentleness and obedience, his loneliness diminishes. In this story David's fox becomes a near victim and through him he feels at first that his world is being destroyed and finally that it is being permanently salvaged. A tender story, well told, to which young readers will respond.