Lancaster is doing increasingly good work. He handles the historical novel effortlessly, making the story the thing, while the historical background is so closely knit into the action, that one absorbs as one reads. This new book is a story of young Abe Lincoln, through the story of Hugh Brace. Hugh has a shiftless father, Matt, to whom an axe and the next place seems the answer for survival. Hugh and his mother have aspirations beyond that -- they hope, as they move from Kentucky to Indiana and then to Illinois, that someday they'll have a cabin with a floor. Then through friendship with the ""Linkerns"", Hugh becomes fast friends with young Abe, each having something to contribute that the other lacks. Hugh learns to read and write and ""figger"" things out for himself; his father deserts them and they begin to prosper. Hugh pushes Abe along -- but in vital moments, turns to him for advice. Into the story is woven the romance of Hugh and the Quaker maid, Prudence; the meeting of Abe Lincoln and Ann Rutledge and Abe's running for the legislature. The book is good. It has the fundamental feel of Americanism at its best, plus a lift that is needed. And it meets the demand for an ""historical novel that isn't about war"". A chance for good sales and rentals.