In the 1800s, young Hank's dream of moving west and becoming a cowboy is hindered by his responsibilities to his family. But he makes friends with a mute boy who has a secret. And helps protect him from the scarecrow man that tracks them both down. Finally, with the scarecrow gone, Hank's friend surprises everyone by speaking - after years of silence - and then revealing his family secrets.
©1978 Irene Bennett Brown; (P)2008 Books in Motion