The story of a young boy Billy and his two coon hounds, Little Anne and Old Dan, sticking together through challenges.
Billy and his family live in the Ozarks and don't have much money. Billy wishes for two coon hound hunting dogs. Knowing his family is poor, Billy is determined to save up enough money to get hunting dogs of his own.
We're so sorry son.
He teaches his coon hounds how to hunt strategically using a coon's skin. They quickly catch so they take on dangerous terrains like the mountains and frozen lakes.
One day while hunting, they encounter a mountain lion. Old Dan get severley wounded trying to protect Billy from the mountain lion.
Old Dan did not survive the tough battle and dies after his fight with the mountain lion. Little Anne dies because she was too sad after Old Dan's passing.
In between the two graves a red fern grows that symbolises love. The family was moving to the city when Billy decided to pay the dogs his respects and sees the red fern growing.