On his first trail ride, a horse named Quincy hopes to face his fear of wild animals. He discovers that desert animals don't want to hurt him, but the horse he has for a trail buddy, Buck, is a bully. The portrayal of the days ride will engage both K-2 readers and 3rd and 4th graders. The striking illustrations take kids into the desert Southwest with its array of wild animals and breath taking scenery. For younger readers, Quincy's story clearly defines a bully and the associated danger while providing a comforting ending. For older readers it explores the more complex issues of coping with adversity and how courage evolves.