Based on historical fact (to the extent that there were turkey droves in the early 1800's) the author tells a story of two brothers who drive 8,000 turkeys from upper Vermont to Boston. Aided by their experienced father and accompanied by other drovers and rough Maritta Hasmer, an odd character and first-rate guide, Abel and Jason brave the wilderness successfully. Their progress is often slow, and it's an even slower journey for the reader. Abel who is dedicated to his birds and farming, finds a soul-mate in Cynthia, a girl from ""down on the farm"" territory. Jason meets the president of Harvard, and is on the way to his goal-studying law --when the tale ends.