Marty Preston wants to buy and rescue an abused dog from his neighbor. The trouble is his neighbor is the abuser and does little to entertain the thought of selling his hunting dog to Marty. Marty goes through great lengths to keep Shiloh away from Judd. He hides him out in the woods and sneaks out of the house to spend time and bring him food. He creates a web of lies to protect the innocent dog.
A German Shepherd gets loose and tears up the little beagle. Now Marty has to get help and he is forced to come forward with the truth and untangle his web of lies. Judd agrees that Marty can do work around his house in exchange for Shiloh. Disappointment begins to settle in when Judd tells him that despite his hard work there is no deal because Marty did not have a witness. Marty is determined and he continues to do physical labor in exchange for Shiloh. Somehow Judd in won over by Marty's willpower and hands him a collar telling him he has earned himself a dog.
This report prepared by Susanne
11-year-old Marty Preston knows enough about dogs—and people—to know there's something unusual about the shy beagle pup he finds running loose in the woods near his home in rural West Virginia. The pup has been abused, and the abusive owner is none other than Marty's hard-hearted neighbor, Judd Travers. Though Marty reluctantly returns the lost dog to Judd, he can't help but wonder why doing the “right” thing feels so wrong.
It isn't long before the beagle escapes again, but Marty can't bear the thought of giving Judd another opportunity to kick, beat, and starve his new best bud. This time, Marty decides to keep the dog as his own secret pet. He names the pup Shiloh, and keeps him in a pen on the hilly edge of the Preston property. Marty hates having to tell lies in order to keep Shiloh safe, but he hates the thought of Judd Travers' heavy-handed ways much more.
But when a German shepherd attacks Shiloh, Marty's secrets come undone. Judd learns that Marty has been caring for his runaway beagle, and demands that the Prestons return Shiloh. Marty learns to stand up for his beliefs, and convinces Judd to make a bargain; eventually, Marty earns the right to love and care for Shiloh in exchange for 20 hours of hard labor, and the dynamic duo return to delight readers with additional lessons and adventures in Shiloh Season and Saving Shiloh.
This report prepared by Tracie Amirante