Alan Ladd and his 11-year-old son, David, team up in this warm-hearted story as father and son John and David Chandler. During the Civil War, David loses all power of speech when he sees his home destroyed and his mother killed by Union Army cannon fire in the battle of Atlanta.
Afterwards, John travels with David throughout the country to find a cure for the boy, always accompanied by their faithful dog. In an Illinois town, the no-good sheep-herder Burleigh brothers (Pittman and Stanton) attempt to steal the dog, leading to a fight in which John is knocked unconscious.
Later, he is arrested on the basis of the brothers' false testimony, but tough widow Linnett Mo...