At their new home in eastern Kansas, Eli is more than just a water boy. He milks Hipbones every day, and Dad needs his help to rake the hay into windrows. Eli also gets his turn pushing the windrows into piles with the buckrake, but no matter which piece of hay machinery he operates, things seem to always go wrong. Eli is never happier than when he has time to explore Fish Creek, which meanders through their farm. Then Dad and Mom begin praying about another move, and Eli finds he must leave Fish Creek far behind. Will his dreams of becoming a cowboy farmer on the prairie be lost forever?