The always interesting period of westward expansion, this time it is seen through the eyes of a family staking its claim in Kansas in 1873. The Hull family undergoes all traditional, but still interesting, hardships -- hunger, Indian enmity, thirst, danger to the claim title. The family is carried through these menaces by the ardor and hard work of young Anson Hull, who discovers that winter wheat flourishes in Kansas, thereby saving the land and encouraging the settlers. Unusual dramatic interest is maintained in the crop, and the difference between spring and winter wheat as a crop for Southwestern United States is established in relation to soil erosion as well as American economy. Interesting in content, and of particular interest to farm area readers.