Set in a mining town during the Gold Rush, this story of Andy Brett who goes west to meet his father is smoothly executed in a lucid style. The interlocking plots are well developed. The authors' sensitivity to the strained relationship of Andy and his elusive father is unusual. Andy, major and minor characters are sharply etched against the background of an old man's house where the Bretts and their French acquaintances find living quarters. At first Andy is fascinated by the ure of gold, but gradually develops a sound philosophy as he sees his uncle warped by his insatiable lust. The exciting story told with a keen understanding of human relationships will fascinate young readers.