Little Lonesome, an Indian boy adopted by a pioneering family of the early West runs away to rejoin his tribe. His white half-brother Kiah joins him on the warriors' path and the two find refuge among the Shawnees. To the boys' shock, this peaceful tribe is dominated and goaded on by three renegade outlaws, one of whom is influenced by Kiah's morals and eventually reformed. Unable to see a white man tortured, Kiah frees the victim and he and Little Lonesome again take up the trail. The purpose of the trip disintegrates when news reaches Little Lonesome of his father's death at the hands of white marauders. Kiah, in turn, believes his own family to be the victims of a recent Indian attack. He is mistaken and there is a happy reunion at the end of the journey. The moral of the book is to point out the individual nature of cruelty and valor. Indians and white men both kill, and both show kindness. In their adventures with the bad guys and good guys of both races, the two boys learn this valuable lesson. The story is generally long drawn out but the persistent reader will find some exciting moments in it.