In the movie “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” the mustang stallion Spirit succeeds his father as leader of the Cimarron herd. The movie plot, set in the Wild West, follows Spirit as he is caught by cowboys and sold to the U.S. Cavalry. His new owners fail to break him and intend to shoot him, but a Lakota brave named Little Creek escapes captivity on Spirit’s back. Ultimately, they team up to combat the threatening forces of civilization.
In the plot of “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” the railroad arrives to the unspoiled Wild West and ruins Little Creek’s village. Once again, the settlers capture Spirit, who becomes a draft horse. He escapes again to join Little Creek in a fight to protect their way of life. Little Creek has a horse named Rain, a beautiful paint mare. Little Creek ties Spirit and Rain together, and Rain shows him her world and her relationship with humans. Though Spirit and Rain love one another, when Little Creek lets Spirit loose, Rain chooses to stay due to her kinship with Little Creek.
While in captivity, Spirit and other horses move a steam engine up a mountain, and Spirit realizes the tracks head toward his homeland. He escapes in an attempt to stop them, but the next day is again caught by the Colonel. During the conflict, Spirit rescues Little Creek and is spared by the Colonel, with whom Spirit shares a nod of respect. Spirit and Rain then travel to his homeland to join his herd.