A well paced and understanding account of Deborah and her life as a girl, as a judge and as the spirit behind Israel's defeat of Canaan. The narrative begins when Deborah and her family, on the move in the desert, are stopped by the that introduces them to Leppidoth. There is a connection between Leppidoth's problems and the smoldering animosity between Israel and Canaan in that Leppidoth's father has probably become a slave. While he hunts for his father, Leppidoth offers his land to Deborah's family. As he ends his quest there is a measure of happy married life for the two young people and Deborah's reputation as a peacemaker grows. Then as trouble flares anew, Leppidoth is killed and Deborah is left alone to help Barak, the Israel commander, to win a decisive battle.