Vigorous historical novel of the turbulent days of 1794 on the Western frontiers. Sarah, American born, English raised and a Tory, becomes a passenger on Noah's flatboat on the Ohio. In storms and dangers, they escape her companions, Deschanel, who dreams of heading an empire in the west, river pirato Ambroso, thieving innkeeper Twitty and young Captain Clark who is trying to outwit the traitors to the United States. Noah learns that Sarah is carrying funds to equip George Rogers Clark's soldiers in a grab of the Mississippi Valley -- but it is not until Doschanel rouses Noah that he is ready to fight for his country...and in tracking down his enemy saves Clark from becoming a traitor and the western lands from foreign hands. Sarah too has changed and is ready to throw in her lot with Noah and his pioneer farming.