Once again the author of Victory at Bear Cove turns to Alaska for a story of adventure and history. In this story of the Shelter Bay colony under Russian domination, young Stefan finds himself involved in a fiendish plot by an ex-convict to destroy his uncle Nicholas. The boy and man are forced to flee into the wilderness where they live the life of the Indian, in constant fear that the convict, now the leader of the colony, will find them. Deliverance comes through Americans who negotiate to buy the colony from the Russians and recognize the merit of Nicholas. An exciting escape story made vivid with flashes of nineteenth century Alaska history and a convincing depiction of Alaska as it was. Now a chapter in United States history, Alaska's past is the concern of our readers and this text should find a place in homes and school libraries.