Based on the author's personal experiences as a schoolteacher with the Ojibway Indians of Loon Bay, Canada, this is a series of episodes about life among 20th century Indians. How their culture has been influenced by the modern day world; which beliefs and mores are still retained is the underlying theme. Miss Burgess, the teacher, is the symbol of the outside world and it is she who arranges for Peter Jumping Horse to receive medical care for his injured leg and patiently convinces the tribe to adopt more efficient ways of living. Big Grannie Chichoo is painted as a humorous link to ancestral ways. Her stories and superstitions are as effective as ever. The story lacks depth and a strong plot, but for the most part it helps readers to see that they have many things in common with Peter Jumping Horse and his friends.