The re-issue of Borland's earlier books, the good reception of High Wide And Lonesome should make an easy way for this novel which is simplicity itself and just as simply a tale that is holding. Quincy Scott, eighteen going on nineteen and an orphan, is about to marry Rhoda Bennett and have his own little piece of land near Denver. But he has to join a war party that is setting out to fight for the Confederacy: he finds the battle he seeks, fights in it -- and returns to Rhoda. That's what there is of the story but there's more- in how Quincy realizes that he has to travel to find out, in his three companions along the trail that takes them to Price's volunteer Missourian militia, in the happenings on the way when Rhoda's little locket turns out to be big medicine for all of them, in the people they meet and the stories they hear, in their escapes from Federal capture, in their underground recruiting route -- and in the minor battle which had notable casualties at Wilson's Creek from which only Quincy and trapper Jake return. Unassuming but staunch in its questing.