Prior to the annexation of Texas to the U.S., a young, sensitive boy, taught by his cultured mother to play classical piano; read and love poetry and literature, Llewellyn Gans is in constant conflict with his father, Horst who berates his wife for teaching such subjects to his son when what he really needs is to develop the skills to survive in a harsh, unrelenting land.
The harassment and bullying leads to young Llewellyn deciding to leave home to find a job as a cowhand driving cattle from Texas north to the feedlots and transportation of the cattle to the East. To avoid heckling and harassment, young Llewellyn changes his name to Cody. Young Cody, while diminutive in body is an excellent horseman. Cody is fortunate in meeting another young man his age, Miguel whose Mexican mother and father taught him many of the refinements of Spanish culture.
The two young men share their interests and soon decide that after making some money, they would travel together to see some of the world.
In their stop over in New Orleans, Miguel meets, falls in love with and marries all Spanish girl whose father has a thriving business in importing cork.
Young Cody, alone manages through luck to deliver a fiery stallion to a woman horse breeder in France. His adventures with the woman Elsa and his work on the breeding farm complete the circle and he returns to the prairie. The men he meets and befriends make his adventure the starting point in fulfilling his life.