Gard Makefield, thirteen years old and a city tenderfoot, visits his Uncle Rodney's Arizona rench while his parents are in Europe. Homesick and lonely, Gard fights against his desire to run away when he feels he can never belong although he pleads ardently for a horse of his own. However, Gard adores the lean foreman, Her, and is overjoyed when he wins the confidence of a golden palomino rescued from a ditch. Eventually Gard is given the horse for himself though a happy coincidence. This is not so satisfactory as Tuby on the Sheep Kanch Gard seems unusually unstable and sheltered and that his moody outbursts of anger and self pity are the result of loneliness is not made sufficiently obvious. However, the story is horsy enough for the western fans, and the demanding horse story addicts.