Shannon Garst's interpretation of James Bowie takes full advantage of the deeds of a colorful figure. Beginning with Bowie's Georgia boyhood, she reconstructs his surroundings vividly, from the bayou swamps to the open country of Texas, from the legends that soon symbolized him to the actual roles he played as a landowner who made his fortune and as a leader in the war with Mexico. The episodes form a true-to-life picture. There was his close association through life with Rezin his brother; the invention of the knife that brought first fame to the Bowie name; the pioneering in Louisiana and later in Texas where Bowie's reputation made his success sure and introduced him to Urselita Veramendi who became his wife. Her death in the plague was a tragedy for him, but one that perhaps spurred him to even greater efforts in the freeing of Texas from Mexico. An exciting character sketch with a fair picture of the political issues of his time.