Melodrama with all the trimmings, but first rate reading, in a Western adventure yarn. Art Byfield is suffering from dislocation following his father's death and his mother's quick marriage to a man he refuses to accept. So when he comes up against trouble with a capital T- he runs away from it- and heads for California. After some pretty grim experiences he lands himself a job on a horse training ranch with a crusty old curmudgeon who rides him harder than he does his horses. Yuma turns out to be an ex-convict, on parole -- and a constant threat of danger hangs over the ranch. Art learns- the hard way- to be a man, and show more than the makings of a horse breaker himself, with a gift for the sort of horseplay the movies and TV screen producers and seeking. The finale has a new twist to it- after the ""three wild ones""- old man, young man and colt- are tamed. The dual romance line could as well be omitted.