Jean Craighead George
Sam leaves home for the mountains after being told that the family trip has been canceled, preventing him from doing the algae experiments he had planned for. The film chronicles his struggle for independence, and his battle with the forces of natures. *"A slender, honest study of a boy learning to be a man in his own way." - Howard Thompson, **The New York Times***
Explains how the animal and human inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, including a mountain lion, a roadrunner, a coyote, a tortoise, and members of the Papago Indian tribe, adapt to and survive the desert's merciless heat.