"Big Red" was a champion Irish setter; Danny was a young trapper who knew more about the ways of varmints and hounds than of the world of fancy kennels and dog shows. But Red's owner knew a good dog man when he saw one, and entrusted Red to Danny's training.
Danny knows that Red is the perfect dog for him. An Irish setter, Red is strong, smart, and beautiful. The two become inseparable. But their bond of friendship is tested as they encounter the many perils of the harsh Wintapi wilderness.