A wilderness duet, set in pioneer days, has its discords as it is played out-father against son, but ends in a broader harmony when Jared finally leaves 11 year old Caje in the arms of civilization. In the opening passages, Jared the woodsman has an unwilling, motherless Caje with him, trekking through Tennessee. Wild Chickamaugas and a migration of squirrels that foretells a mean winter make Jared change his mind and go back to the Holston River where Caje's uncle, Adam Tadlock, and his family live, and where they stay until Jared's unwillingness to ""receive"" dictates that he go away again, leaving Caje with the family and his own doubts about his acceptability. But through the winter Caje helps his new people and learns the value of mutual human companionship. A delicate theme well executed, this is another success by the author of The Buffalo Knife and Wilderness Journey. Paul Galdone's bony drawings add atmosphere.