The Yearling is a 1946 drama based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The story surrounds a lonely young boy, Jody (Charles Jarman, Jr.), and his relationship with his pet fawn. Jody and his parents, Ezry (Gregory Peck) and Ora (Jane Wyman), are still mourning the loss of his three siblings. Although Jody still has a good relationship with his father, who he affectionately calls "pa," his mother is cold and unloving due to the loss of her other children. Ezry allows Jody to adopt a fawn on the condition that it must be set free when it reaches adulthood. Although Jody and the fawn he names Flag are initially inseparable, a year later the now full-grown deer becomes a nuisance when it destroys fences and crops. Now that the deer is unmanageable, Ezry must be convinced that the deer is worth saving before he forces Jody to take drastic action.