Coyote was shipped out to Pennsylvania as a pet for the Horton family, when he was a pup. Although she escaped and took refuge in a nearby words, the family had grown attached to her, and managed to keep track of her adventures as she tried to raise her own offspring. As a wonder wolf, who heroically saves one of the Horton children from a rabid dog, Coyote seems a little out of place. This is only a minor aberration, however. With a minimum of personalization, Coyote is presented as a real life wolf, and there is no mincing of words as to the natural brutality of the beast. While it is a little difficult to understand the Hortons' personal sympathy with Coyote as a pet, there is no problem in sharing their fascination for her in a wild but unusual setting. The author, who has written numerous other animal stories, has based this one of his own experiences with raising coyotes.