Set against the backdrop of New Mexico, the film follows a boy, Josh Townsend, who moves because of his father's job and becomes involved with a group of teens attempting to preserve the buffalo and Navajo traditions. Along the way he makes friends and learns important lessons about life. The movie teaches about a few Navajo traditions. Josh eventually enters a race against his rival and proves to be the better of the two, however, he quits the race after seeing the buffalo herd stampeding. Josh quickly gathers his friends to save the town and while his rival refuses to help, his disgusted friends do. Together, they herd the buffalo away from the town and back onto their preserve. During the process, Josh's friend Thomas Blackhorse falls in front of a buffalo, but is saved by his sister who finally speaks for the first time in years to help calm the buffalo. Josh and his friends are hailed as heroes by the town and in recognition of his bravery, Josh is made an honorary member of the Navajo tribe with the name Rides With the Wind. He and Thomas, who he had trouble getting along with before, make a pact to keep the buffalo safe together.
The film was shot in 2004 on location in Utah.
Reiley McClendon as Josh Townsend
Simon R. Baker as Thomas Blackhorse
Graham Greene as John Blackhorse
Tessa Vonn as Scout Blackhorse
Max Van Ville as Moon
Chris Hunter as Kyle
Adrienne Bailon as Domino
Geraldine Keams as Abuela Rose
Christopher Robin Miller as Virgil
George Newbern as Dr. Nick Townsend
Seth Packard as Wylie
Jane Sibbett as Blaine Townsend
Justin Stern as Luke
Chris White as JG
In 2006 the film was nominated for two awards The Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for David S. Jackson and Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actress for Tessa Vonn.