The author of Scarface and Sword In Sheath with another and this time slightly deeper adventure tale- placed in the future and dealing with the plains people, mountain people and Beast Things which inhabited the earth as survivors of the great atomic Blow Up caused by the sins of the "Old Ones". As a youth in the mountain Puma Clan, it is Fors' ambition to be chosen for the group of clan leaders whose job it is also to study the past by visiting the radiation-free bombed cities for information about the Old Ones. Unfortunately the prejudice ridden mountain peoples refuse to accept a boy whose mother was a plains woman. A series of exciting, imaginatively pictured adventures with old ruins, radiation clouds, with the horrible Beast Things who have deviated from human physical characteristics through two hundred years of radiation-permeated heredity, follows Fors' decision to leave his people and precedes a war against the Beast People in which the plains and the mountains find a new unity and Fors gains the recognition of his clan. Good grade science fiction carried by a thought provoking theme. Nicolas Mordvinoff's drawings have a certain power and heaviness that add to the sense of Fors' quest, the urgency of the battle.