The hero of this story is an Indian, born to the leadership of his people, a vanishing race even in the period in which this story is set, the Revolution in New England and the early days of the young nation that followed. Holdfast had been virtually a son in the household of New London farmers; he had grown to love their daughter but knew his was a lonely road ahead and turned from her, leaving her to marry the Britisher who had been their ""friendly enemy"". Mature years found him seeking ways to help his race, leading them west, trying to forestall mistakes in handling them, pleading with Teh, with The Prophet, throwing in his lot with Andrew Jackson in Florida, in New Orleans. There's a lot of history- a big canvas- a fresh view on those early years from the Revolution to the end of the War of 1813. And there are lots of characters, historical and fictional.