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Pity poor Art Byfield. Hes on his own-- forced to it by his stepfather. Its not enough that the great James J. Lindholm had the nerve to marry is best friends widow. The ex-football coach seems to think he has also acquired the right to treat aMorePity poor Art Byfield. Hes on his own-- forced to it by his stepfather. Its not enough that the great James J. Lindholm had the nerve to marry is best friends widow. The ex-football coach seems to think he has also acquired the right to treat a sixteen-year-old Number One halfback like a kid. When Jim insists on knowing what kind of emergency has kept his stepson and his car out until three in the morning, that does it. Brion Arthur Byfield, the persecuted, leaves home.Leaving proves easier than living with the consequences. Eleven days on the roads between Nebraska and Southern California turn up the facts not only of cold, hunger, and exhaustion, but of sheer human meanness, this reaching a nice peak of expression in the snarling, ugly shape of Yuma Schoonover, San Quentin parolee.Trainer of horses for the movies, Yuma offers the half-starved runaway room and board in exchange for working on the farm. He seems to offer a better deal to the shifty-eyed men who arrive in a mysterious steady stream. Their secret sessions with Yuma always end in an exchange of money. Almost always, that is. One visit results for Yuma and Art in a deadly knife fight.Back-breaking work, a merciless taskmaster, and the strange challenge of a wild young horse named Hickey are the anvil on which a spoiled, self-centered teenager is forced to beat out his own manhood in this tough-fibered book dramatizing sense rather than sentiment in the matter of delinquency. And for all readers not the least of the excitement is the authentic inside view of movie-making for television.