Amanda is a hard-working young girl on Mr. Canter’s ranch though sometimes working too long, making everyone worry that she is spending too much time there and neglecting her school work. But Charlotte, the horse trainer, sees something in the young girl and can identify with Amanda’s loss of her mother. Charlotte takes Amanda under her wing because she also lost a parent, her father, to cancer.The loss of a parent is not the only thing the two have in common; they also believe in the new horse that Mr. Canter bought for his daughter to ride in competitions. But Abigail, acting like a spoil brat, wants nothing to do with this new horse, Misty. So when Misty comes up lame, it is Amanda who nurses her back to health and Charlotte talks Mr. Cantor into letting Amanda ride Misty in the competition. This charming movie has many valuable lessons in it about believing, friendship, trust and second chances. It also portrays how sometimes when there is a loss in the family, whether due to death or divorce, it is hard for children, and adults need to listen to their feelings and understand where they are coming from.