I was fourteen years old that summer of 1796 when we built the road into the wilderness of Ohio."" Thus begins Jim Fraley's account of Colonel Zane's expedition from Wheeling to Mayville: 250 miles of cutting down trees, clearing brush, marking the trail, and worrying about Indians. Jim is the only youngster accompanying the ten men and he is going only because his Pa and brother Zeb have not been heard from since they set out to stake a claim at Chillicothe and he is to bring back whatever news he can about their whereabouts and/or their fate. Jim's growing sense of responsibility, his maturation under hardship, and the thoughtfulness he develops in evaluating complex problems provide readers with a book of high action and deep meaning. It is easy to identify with Jim every step of the way, an involvement which is seldom found, but always welcome.