Directed by Philip Leacock, this sensitive children's adventure paints a fine picture of an isolated community in a harsh environment. Set early in 20th Century Nova Scotia, Canada, two orphaned Scottish boys are sent to live an austere life with their puritan grandfather Jim Mackenzie (Duncan Macrae) and kindly grandma (Jean Anderson). Mackenzie is respected but not liked and has a bitter heart due to the death of his son during the Boer War. However his love for the boys is undeniable and his desire to protect them from the evils of the world results in them feeling isolated and starved of affection. To fill the void in their lives, the boys ask for a dog, but when this request is denied, they adopt a baby they find abandoned in the woodlands. Meanwhile, a search party has assembled to track down the lost baby which results in a happy conclusion for all concerned.