Everyone in Greenall Bridge knew Sam Carracloughs Lassie. In fact, you might say that she was the bestknown dog in the village ...because nearly every man in the village agreed she was the finest collie he had ever laid eyes on. Sams son Joe and Lassie are a devoted pair but a time comes when they have to be parted. The Carracloughs are not well off and when they fall on hard times Sam is forced to sell his champion dog to the Duke of Rudling, whose great estate borders their Yorkshire village. But Lassie escapes and makes her way home to the Carracloughs.