In the story, Aram awakes to find his older cousin, Mourad, at his window with a stolen horse. Although it is still nighttime, the day is about to break, and Aram describes the air as being "lovely" and "new." Mourad tells Aram that if he gets dressed, they can go and ride the horse together.
The boys take the horse to the countryside behind Aram's house. Aram describes the feeling of being on the running horse as "wonderful." While the horse runs, Mourad sings a song to express his enjoyment. The boys let the horse run for as long as it wants to.
When the horse finally stops, Aram says that he wants to ride it alone. Mourad agrees but decides to ride first. Mourad kicks his heels into the horse, and it begins to run. For Aram, this is the "loveliest thing he has ever seen." Unfortunately, when it is his turn to ride, the horse first refuses to move--before running and throwing him off. It heads in the direction of an irrigation ditch, and it takes thirty minutes before Mourad is able to find it.
Although Aram's first experience is not a positive one, he is not deterred. Mourad tells him that as he gets older, he will learn how to understand horses.