Someone is breaking into his home, and Ruffian is alone and scared. The person means to harm his person, Lynn, and Ruffie knows it is up to him to save her. However, he is just a young Sheltie dog, and the man reeks of danger. He barks and growls and tries to look fearsome and mean 'business'. But the man is big and very strong. He kicks out at Ruffie, striking him in the shoulder, and then threatens to kill him. Ruffie knows he is in trouble. Even more so, he knows that Lynn is in worse trouble. This man will do horrible things to his Lynn, unless he can make her understand. But how can he warn her when she won't listen? How can he protect her when he cannot make her understand?