What probably happened, in several phases of American pioneering history, is quite vividly recounted by Hazel Wilson in her story of Brad Porter, left alone by his father to guard their Maine cabin in the 1820's, during his journey to fetch Brad's mother and sisters. Sickness causes a delay and Brad's plight in the woods is made even more desperate when a bear eats his food. Nearly starving, Brad is found by Chief Keneowa and his son Sabattis of the Penobscot tribe. The care Sabattis gives Brad warms their relationship into brotherhood and when the boys have hunted and lived together for weeks, Brad is hard put to decide which way of life he wants when his family finally does arrive. A good delineation of Indian and white ways, and of Maine, by an author whose Maine background has come clear in her other books for children too.