Lakota teen Alfred Swallow, along with two of his best friends, are sent to a residential boarding school that has the policy, destroy the Indian, save the man. After enduring harsh treatment and punishment, the boys decide to escape and make a run to the river.
A Lakota teen and a roan stallion form a deep relationship after they both survive being sucked into a raging tornado. With the help of friends and family, the teen trains the stallion to lead a relay race team so he can try to win the prize money for a much-needed new tractor.
Young Alfred Swallow uses his wits when he is intimidated at gun point by a bunch of hired thugs and when he lands in a rattle snake den. His determination to stop the corrupt land agent and help his family keep their land comes into focus when he involves people who know how to stop the land grab.