Tom Wall wanted to protect the wooded stands of timber near his north-western Michigan home. When he overheard predatory Karl Krump's plans to clear the land near his favorite tree, a forest monarch where eagles nested, he set out in a race against time to declare a land claim in Lansing. But he was too late. His logger uncle, Ab, signed a contract with Krump, then employed Tom. Tom's experiences as part of the logging team present authentic logging practices and problems at the end of the 19th century, and yield him enough money to purchase a good tract of land for his own future plans. Michigan should particularly enjoy this.