Matt, a child of the Wisconsin territory, ardently wants to be a lawyer. In this story of an eleven-year-old pioneer, one is introduced to the perils and difficulties of that rustic life. Matt grows as he makes friends with new settlers, particularly with a German boy whose father is a shoemaker. In the end, Matt's devotion to his new homestead is rewarded, not only with a pair of shoes, but with the promise that he will be afforded the chance to become a lawyer. A homespun story which, through its details of Matt's daily adventures, draws an appealing picture of life in early Wisconsin.