Johnny Thornton has his heart set on a tool chest which costs $39.50. Despite Johnny's patient explanation that this is an unusual bargain, his father most unreasonable (or so it seems to Johnny) insists that the boy earn half of the money himself. Johnny decides that the best way to do this is to win first prize in the Pioneer Day Contest for the best decorated yard, and sets about constructing a life-size model of Buffalo Bill chasing a buffalo. By the author of Project Genius (1962- p. 684. J-204), this is an engaging enough story, with a television situation-comedy flavor.