Louis Battenote had killed a man. As a noted hunter he had also killed many buffalo. The white men and their priests boycotted him, even though he had only killed in self defense. His tribe, with equal unfairness blamed him because the buffalo herds were depleted. The year was 1863 and the Assiniboine Indian saw the chance to redeem himself and regain respect by guiding two young Englishmen over seldom travelled terrain to the Canadian gold fields from Fort Pitt. It was a difficult party for a short tempered man to handle: Lord Milton got peevish when he got tired; Dr. Cheadle was in the habit of supporting Lord Milton; and Felix O'Byrne, who had attached himself to the group, was swinishly lazy and only the horses were as stupid and easily frightened as he was. The story is based on actual journals kept by Milton and Cheadle. The dangers and discomforts of the trip are vividly caught. Louis Battenote conquered the route and himself and his young sons first and frightening confrontation with white civilization is very well handled.