Set in the frontier country of French-Indian Wisconsin in the 1830's, this is an unoriginal love story that has some nice moments anyway. Alex (Mary Alexia) Lindsay is the fiercely independent overgrown tomgirl. David Reade is the sensitive, secretive, but strong young doctor who happens along with his orphaned niece in tow--Jackie, 6 years old and blind. They are destined to be together, as every reader will know. The author does, however create a sense of real life that is at times harsh as well as tender. Even though the ending is too predictable and the Writing cliche ridden, the scenes of Alex's father's death, of the threat of rape by a cruel and ignorant hired man, and of Alex's and David's discovery of each other, make for sterner escape reading.