Twelve young captives who lived to tell the tale, and at least half had no regrets. Esther Wheelwright, from a staunch Puritan family, responded to the warmth of her Indian mother and the kindness of a French priest and insisted on becoming an Ursuline nun; pastor's daughter Eunice Williams clung to her Mohawk husband and children; Mary Jemison, older when she was taken, nevertheless refused to return and see her offspring scorned as half-breeds; as an old woman, Fanny Slocum barely tolerated her white relations. Each of the foregoing lived at a time when, as the author points out, life among the Indians was not much harder than life among the pioneers; it was certainly less rigid and repressive, and these accounts suggest that when the captive was well-treated, she--sometimes he--was more than willing to remain. So was Cynthia Ann Parker, who was forcibly restrained by her respectable Texas family from rejoining the Comanches; this was in the 1860's. Also interesting: Horatio Jones, Seneca chief and go-between for the U.S. government; John Tanner, misfit in both worlds; John Brayton, slow to believe he was white. Assuming a taste for Indian captives that will survive some repetition, this is collective adventure with social overtones competently handled by the author of Indian Friends and Foes and other frontier Americana.