This chronicle of an Englishman in British Columbia fifty years ago opens with a thrilling account of a youth's voyage from England around Cape Horn to 'Frisco and the Golden West. Then back to England, only to return again to Victoria- this rounds out Part I -- a record of the thrills and hardships of a boy who grows tough and hardy under the kindly but spinsterish rule of the Captain of the Eleanor Margaret, a four-masted barque of 2300 tons. The second half of the story tells of the lure of his destiny as he finds the Okanagan valley, glimpsed first in 1889 when he saw it through a gap at Sicamus, 150 miles from the international border. Once through the narrow gateway to a fertile valley, he remained its happy prisoner for fifty years. He writes of surveys and treks in wild country; of Indians; of the growth of cities; of people and men and horses. Wide appeal in its substance; good writing, which lacks a certain fire. Appeal for those who like the sea and the untamed wilderness.