A story that highlights a period in young York state history when competition was keen ( and sometimes crooked) for the mail franchise, and when toll roads were owned privately, by groups of citizens with small holdings. A vivid picture of the times and a vigorous story of adventure along the way, between Fishkill and Albany. Politics and private venture ran head on into trouble when youthful York staters took a hand in protecting the interests that would soon be their own. Young Rett whose heart was in the building of coaches almost bungled his assignment as post rider, but a stalwart sense of right and wrong and headstrong courage helped save the day when Orey, daughter of the toll house keeper, and her friend Serena, the Senator's daughter, set their wits against men with evil intent. The thread of story runs through the richer pattern of life along the highway, but there's enough of incident and adventure to carry it along.