Shiloh is more than a story of an eleven-year-old boy and his dog. It is a book about ethical questions on right and wrong, asked by a child and unanswerable by adults, which lead Marty Preston to make decisions of his own.
Through the complex nature of moral action, Marty learns to accept responsibility to his family and the dog he has rescued from an abusive owner. He must learn to live with himself and his god by making difficult choices and standing by them. Naylor's suspenseful writing adds excitement to the book.