Salt was a valuable commodity in the early days of the Kentucky frontier. Aside from its importance in cooking, it was used to preserve meat and to cure hides. When little David accidentally destroys a whole gourd full, Peter and his Uncle Dan are forced to conserve the precious little they have left. Salt, however is not the only scarcity. Since that black day when the Indians murdered his parents, Peter regards all Indians with equal hatred. A traveling preacher attempts to change Peter's attitude, but it takes the humanity of an Indian who risks his own life to save little David, to convert Peter to trust and forgiveness. The customs of frontier life and a worthwhile moral note give this special value as supplementary social studies reading in third and fourth grades.