Buster Hogan has spent his whole life around horses, preferring them over most people. After his own childhood was wrought with pain and loss, he finds in a young preachers son a friend and a chance to pass on a wealth of knowledge about horses to an eager student. The journey this takes them on changes their lives and the lives of those around them. The remuda of horses, life at the wagon for spring branding, and the front porch of the small west Texas Baptist Church parsonage serve as classrooms for the education that is in store for young Charlie Baker. Through it all, it becomes obvious that some friendships last a lifetime, but some last forever.