Breck, sixteen and a Texan, is filled with ardor for the cause of the Confederacy. To him, war is a glorious ordeal and his father's refusal to let him join the Southern forces is a bitter privation. When he is dispatched on an arduous cattle drive intended to supply the Confederates with beef this seems like a poor substitute for actual military service. But the drive through the South-related in rich historical and local detail--teach Breck that war is, at best, an expediency and that the greater valor lies in creating rather than destroying. A boy's book, crammed with contemporary flavor and convincing action, this is a revealing picture of the plight of Texas during the War between the States, written on a mature level.