A daydreamer and a time waster, young Ken McLaughlin spends his days on his family's Wyoming ranch with his head in the clouds, surrounded by endless blue skies, wide-open spaces, and beautiful horses. To his brusque, practical father, the boy is an enigma and a disappointment.
It seems Ken can't do anything right. He loses saddle blankets and breaks reins. Then comes the worst news yet: a report card so bad that he has to repeat a grade. How can you tame the dreamy mind of a boy who stares out of the window instead of taking an exam? Then one day, Ken's life is filled with new purpose when he finds Flicka, a magnificent filly as wild as she is fast. Over the course of one magical summer, both will learn the meaning of responsibility, courage, and, ultimately, friendship.
Though the strong bond between boy and horse only fuels his father's disdain, Ken's growing love for his friend Flicka is changing him — leading a once-aimless young man down the path to responsible adulthood, forging a new respect and understanding between father and son, and inspiring a fierce loyalty that nearly costs Ken his life.
A timeless favorite of children and adults alike, this resides in "that borderland where some of the best-loved books in the English tongue hold their immortality." — New York Herald Tribune