After a horrible horsebackriding accident leaves a girl with only one leg and her horse maimed. Her over-worked mother takes her and her horse to a ranch in montana in order to "heal" from the trauma. They stay on a farm with a family of cattle ranchers, one of them being Robert Redford's character (the horse whisperer). During this time they learn alot about life and eachother. Due to an unhappy marriage back at home, the mother falls in love with the horse whisperer.