Where the Red Fern Grows is the story of Billy Coleman, a man reminiscing about his childhood in the Ozarks and the Redbone Coonhounds he raised and trained. After working diligently to purchase the dogs, Little Ann and Old Dan, as puppies, the young Billy raises them as champion hunters. They accompany him as he grows into a man, helping him through many turbulent periods. Eventually Old Dan is killed fighting a Mountain Lion and Little Ann dies of grief shortly thereafter. His innocence lost, Billy confronts adulthood.