This may be pretty strong meat for some boys, but those who can stand tragedy and sense the underlying courage and heroism will find the book a real inspiration. Against the background of the fearful ending of a trapping and exploring expedition that ran foul of food shortage, is given the six months' diary of an 18-year old boy who has gone on the expedition with an older cousin he is devoted to. The fearful odds of starvation, loneliness, death cannot make him flinch. The diary tells the story with restraint, impersonality, almost casualness. Three years later the skeletons were found.