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Tom Reed brings his famous rodeo show to the kingdom of Alvonia, where ten-year-old King Charles V becomes more interested in the show than the new tax bill. After a talk with his new buddy Tom, Charles is inspired to treat his populace honestly. This new plan does not fit in with Count De Mar's plans, because until now, he has been running the country and intends to levy enormous taxes on the populace. Charles tears up the new tax bill, engendering Count De Mar's hatred. The count plots with the Dowager Queen and has the king and his tutor, Lorenz, kidnapped. He locks them in a dungeon, advising Lorenz to kill Charles and then commit suicide. Charles' aunt, Princess Elsa, tells Tom that Charles is missing, and Tom tracks him down to the fortress where he is being held prisoner. After a fight between the cowboys and the count's men, the count drowns in a water-filled dungeon. Tom then rescues Lorenz and Charles, who promises not to forget about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.