Where Syme (back in 1950) used the whole of the Radisson story for his admirable Bay of the North (Morrow), Edwards has concentrated on the two years of captivity -- and a bad two years it was for young Pierre Radisson. He was captured while on a hunting trip out of Three Rivers, and first mollified his captors by his bravery in running the gauntlet, and was adopted into the tribe. But his subsequent attempt to escape had disastrous results. He was recaptured, and brutally tortured. Days of beating, burning, finger nail pulling sessions are described in detail that leaves little to the imagination. There was an aftermath of tenuous acceptance when Pierre lived peaceably with his captors again. But finally escape with the help of the Dutch was achieved and he returned home to start his life of exploration. Harsh realism here gives a more than usually unprettied picture of pioneer days- perhaps to a degree greater than the thin-skinned can take.