A carrot-topped orphan called Powderhorn is captured, during the war of 1, by British Indian scouts and taken to Amherstburg, where he has such a good time with the Indians and the Redcoats that he practically turns Tory. Later when he is sent to live in a household secretly in sympathy with the American cause, the patriot in him emerges and by means of some deft espionage and some quick thinking, he becomes something of a here. The many drawings, reproduced in line and offset, and full-color, are vital, gay and distinctive. The story is lively and absorbing, but it is unevenly written. The motivation of Powderhorn's upsurge of patriotic feeling is distinctly rickety, and the condemnation of everything British that follows, is out of focus. However, the drawings are so engaging--and the title is such a honey--that the book may well overcome these handicaps.