Manolo Olivar is eleven, and knows himself to be a coward. Even after hours spent practicing toreo, the art of bullfighting, he is still terrified. His faughter fought his first bull at twelve, won fame, then lost his life in the arena. And how the townspeople expect Manolo to take his place. But after he meets Juan, who really does want to be a matador, Manolo faces his fear - and finally knows what he must do.