This does for the days of the stagecoaches something of what Edmonds did for the canal boat era in Rome Haul. It is not for those young people who are wearing blinders to the facts of life, but for those who want the spice of the life of the road, the sense of adventure, the opening up of new vistas, here it is. The period is the mid-19th century; the region, rural New Hampshire. The boy who tells the story suffers from divided loyalties,- to the Inn, run by his mother and destined for him, and to the life of the road as seen by a driver of a stagecoach. His step-father, Bob Gale, is king of the coachers, and shows him the lure of the open road, on the driver's seat of the Nancy Flyer, Bob had a way with the ladies, and give his good wife many a heartbreak, but Sam's mother was more jealous of the coach than of Bob's light o'loves. Not a story of incident, but a colorful facet of American life, delightfully written.