A lengthy story of an enforced winter in the wilderness adds up to some pretty dull vicarious experiences for the reader. Bill and Red, whose fathers own ranches on the Nez Perce Prairie, go on an exploratory pack trip with an old foreman, John, to the land eastward to the Clearwater River. In an accident John breaks some ribs. Rather than abandon him and risk a rescue that may be too late, Bill and Red decide to make camp- and we are spared few details of their hunting and housing problems during the winter. Realism that loses in prosaic telling.