A conglomeration of themes divides rather than solidifies interest in this story of Sam Shurtliff, dog lover, hockey player and future Canadian Mounty. With the permission of his family, 17 year old Sam leaves the small hamlet of Crow River in the Canadian Rockies for the larger town of Calgary, home of the famed hockey team. After a bout of bad luck in which Sam's loyal German shepherd Tawny saves the day, Sam is accepted on the team. Another round of misfortune steers him first toward the notion of becoming a professional hockey player, then later to a more appropriate decision. Since Tawny has already been accepted into the Mounties' canine squad, Sam, after a tussle with a criminal, decided to join the forces himself. Too much action with too little motivation curtails attention here.