A rugged, vigorous narrative poem, in blank verse, of the American frontier -- from early Elizabethan days to the death of the pioneering era when the discovery of gold at Sutter's mill brought down the curtain on westward exploration. Here are ""those of lonely vision searching out the vast unknown,"" the Scotts, who for three generations traveled westward from Massachusetts to Ohio to California. In the mold of John Brown's Body, etc., a lusty saga in the American tradition. But is there a market for this type of thing? ""It ought to sell -- but it's hard sledding.