In the beginning, we meet a lonely dachshund. He has just been purchased by an over the top woman who is bent on winning the Westminster Dog Show. Soon, the nameless dachshund meets up with Heidy, an orphan who is just as lonely and scared as he is. Sensing his distress, Heidy frees the dog and promptly names him Sam the Lion.
What unfolds next is a series of unbelievable betrayal, love and hope. Each chapter is a new surprise and introduces the reader to a cast of very lovable and memorable characters. By the end of the book, I was crying with happiness.
The only reason that I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars is that I think the book is quite dark for the young reader set. I cannot actually imagine dogs being that cruel and deceitful in nature. I also felt that the author tended to use gratuitous violence to make his point. Overall, though a wonderful read.