When he impulsively joined a small French Canadian expedition against the threatening Senecas, Andre could not possibly have foreseen the lonely winter of frost-biting agony and endless terror which he would confront with seventy-eight others at Fort Niagara. Starvation took some lives; deadly arrows took others; Andre's childhood friend Gabriel died because of the ruthless plot of two young traitors. Relieved by the approaching end of the struggle but filled with grief and nearly broken, Andre with a young Indian girl and ten other survivors began the homeward journey up the St. Lawrence. Basing her story on a diary account, the author, who also wrote Bacon's Rebellion (1959, p. 12, J-12), captures the drama of the expedition and vividly etches out an overpowering background. A well written, strong adventure story in which the characters are intricately developed.