A rawhide noose had been placed about Alan Warden's neck when he was taken captive by the Chiricahuas, the fiercest division of Apaches. In captivity Bill learned their tribal language. Never Still, an Indian boy about his age, fifteen, became his blood brother. Faced with the choice of becoming a medicine man or of killing Mexicans, the white boy chose the former. After escape from the Chiricahuas, Alan returned to his family. When he was asked by whites to locate the stronghold of the Indians who planned to conquer them, Alan refused, for he remembered the kindness of his captors. The boy repays his debt to the Indians by arranging for an amicable settlement between the two races. The pulse of the story beats rapidly. Alan comes alive in the readers' mind as a likeable, sensitive, brave boy of the frontier. Away out front of its type.