Shasta,the son of a poor fisherman,leads a dull,but hard life. When a wealthy man wishes to have Shasta as a slave,he runs away with the man's talking horse. The horse,Bree,tells Shasta of a wonderful land in the North where they can both be free. As they travel along they meet Aravis,a young woman who escaped from a forced marriage and Hwin,who like Bree,is a talk -ing horse. As they travel along they face many trials and challenges. Will they make it to the glorious North?