The story of the Jesuit martyrs in seventeenth century Canada is well known to readers from ten to fourteen who have studied about the heroic lives and deaths of Isaac Jogues and Jean de Brebeuf in history classes. Antoinette Bosco provides them with a new hero of those times in her vivid and exciting story of the young Huron Chiwatenwa who braved the wrath and displeasure of his tribe to become a baptized Catholic. Joseph Chiwatenwa, as he was known to the Blackrobes, had a love and knowledge of the faith which led Father Jerome Lalement to describe him in those days as an ""apostle of this country, existing only for the glory of God, having love only for Him"". Father Jean de Brebeuf, the Giant Echon, was Joseph's particular hero, and their lives are bound closely together until Joseph loses his in service to the missionaries. Indian life with all of its superstitions, dances, magic practices, feasts and tortures graphically come to life in this 19th book in the American Background series which certainly has a novel twist in its choice of hero.