This rite of passage of a teenage girl, Sandra, who herds a small band of wild horses to safety across two or three hundred miles, has all the solid conformation of a winner in the girl-and-horse stakes. There's the favorite stallion, Red (who goes along and later is tragically killed); the plight of the mustangs--prey to toughs out for beer money who brutally capture the animals to sell for dog meat; and Sandra's impossible plan--to bring her drove to federal lands. In spite of the aching difficulties and dangers, good things happen. Sandra finds a friend in a like-minded professor; she briefly becomes a celebrity; and best of all, she wins her father's respect and the pride he would have given to a son. Plenty of horse talk and action--triple crown.