The '50's in the French and Indian War tell of Esek Warren's achievement of an aim in life and a maturity to follow it through. For Esek loves Huldah, in Pudding Town (Northampton); is snared by Sabrisal, a recent widow and suspect in her behavior; and is saved by Huldh's confession of fornication. But wearing the red ""F"" drives him to Boston, where, with Absalom Brewster, he 'Lists in Winslow's foot regiment and sees the brutal evacuation of the Acadian habitants. Sam Adams sends him to Ticonderoga; he is captured and sold in slavery in Quebec; wins the friendship of understanding Margot who helps him find Absalom's love, Yvonne. Another return to Boston leads him to Absalom, to Sabrisal's plot to ensnare his friend, and the chance for the two companions to join Scott's rangers, see the fighting under Wolfe and the victory over Montcalm. Esek, with Yvonne and Absalom's deaths, finally hurries home to Huldah -- and the proclamation of their innocence earlier with Sabrisal's confession before her hanging. A long-flowing, easy mannered prating, this covers much territory in many areas, and compact plotting, in a satisfactory and workmanlike manner.