A very detailed historical background of American colonization of Texas, of Austin's share and the milestones on the way to final uprisings. A good solid job, that neither romanticizes nor glorifies the hotheadedness of the time. One Blazeley Tyler, hotblooded adventurer, gets bogged down in the country of his choice. He is married to a woman he does not love, and the woman he loves is married to another; circumstances complete the wreckage of his hopes of freedom. The war with Mexico gives him his chance, and he wins his freedom, as freedom is won for Texas. Not as glamorous a story as Laura Krey's On the Long Tide -- but should appeal to that market.