A poor little rich boy story, as one lonely little boy walks through the gate of his family's estate on Long Island, into the land of adventure. He learns to play with other boys on their terms; he earns the right to win his wooden sword; he finds that the discipline of the group, the imaginative games as he is now a knight of Boravia, now an Indian scout, are more exciting that anything bought in a store. Perhaps a boy with a background of Robin Hood and King Arthur would enjoy this better than boys who haven't, for the boys in the story have found much of their inspiration in these legends. It is an original and worthwhile story, but the old-fashioned format and illustrations make it seem rather unappealing. An added factor (not really needed but useful) is the appendix with its specific directions on how to make some of the things used in the story.