My Friend Flicka is a 1943 adaptation of the 1941 novel of the same name by Mary O'Hara. Ten-year-old Ken McLaughlin (Roddy McDowall) lives with his father, Rob (Preston Foster), and mother, Nell (Rita Johnson), on a struggling horse ranch in Wyoming. Ken has received poor marks in school and is careless around the ranch, so he knows that his father, who is a stern ex-soldier, is disappointed with him. Since Ken longs for a horse of his own, Nell persuades Rob to let him have one to teach him how to be more responsible. Much to his father's dismay, Ken chooses to adopt a young colt birthed by a wild, albino stallion. Rob tries to persude Ken to choose another horse, but Ken forms an instant connection with the colt and names her Flicka. Although everybody around him doubts that Flicka can be tamed, Ken is determined to prove them wrong.