Part Indian, part English, Eloisa McLoughlin, daughter of the chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Company, was brought up within the limited world of Fort Vancouver. Yet Eloisa's life was hardly limited. She enjoyed the friendship of Indians, white traders, Yankees and Englishmen. Her growing years in this unique society are described largely through anecdote. She soon learned to regard the ""black dye"" in her blood as a false symbol of prejudice and to bridge a wide and difficult cultural gap. How she learns the customs of English gentility and eventually marries a westerner wind up a competent historical biography.