There is no doubt that Pepper, a gray colt, is the focal character. However he trots around in a more complex personal structure than is usually set up in a horse story. Clyde came from a small town in Maryland horse country, his parents had once owned a stable, and the boy was fixated with the idea of having his own mount. In his infancy, however, his sister WaS thrown and killed and his parents had refused even to mention horses ever since. Then there is Clyde's friend Bats Batson. His father was a railroad engineer, but was really only interested in horses. Bats, however, was fascinated by trains, but despised horses after a mule kicked him in the head. Pepper's main problems that it ends under a heap of sugar. The town doctor patches everything up before events become serious--easily convincing Clyde's parents to admit their folly and buy pepper for the boy. Bats chugs off for a last run with the locomotive, but brings it to a safe stop. In checking him over later, Doc discovers that Bats suffered a brain injury when he was kicked, but is now recuperating. The varying lines of concern run in too many directions so that A Dash of Pepper should be taken with a grain of salt.