A story of the War of 1812 as it was fought in northern New York state has a deeper realism and character analysis than the average teen age historical. The central figure is Bonesteel, a young and very robust country school teacher and his determination to make a good boy out of Jack, half Indian and half French, has the makings of a mystery, the outcome of which also hinges on the results of the Battle of Plattsburg. For Jack's father was known as guide to the Carcajou and his gang of smugglers on Lake Champlain. As their capture coincides with an American victory, there is a new future for Jack and his father as well as a victory over the community prejudice against them. A tale that combines its excitement with edification in a competent, manly narrative.