The untimely death of his bride drove young Dr. Paul Leon Rivard from the carefree, routine in which he had prepared to establish practice as a surgeon. He assignment as a general practitioner in a primitive logging community deep in Canada's wilderness. Slowly he recovered his inner composure, and when he had built a permanent house he found fresh happiness and eventually a rewarding family life. He gave of himself and his skill willingly, ceaselessly, to loggers, Indians, trappers and traders, and travellers who happened to need help as the railroad passed his town. With barnstorming pilots, he mercy missions by air. He supervised a German P.O.W. amp during the war because as its only doctor he could not leave his district to serve oversons. When made it possible, he set up stations to request and receive first instructions in too remote to reach in winter. He introduced penicillin into the backwoods, and had remarkable success with medical hypnosis in dentistry, childbirth, and surgery. His flexibility and courage are symbolic of man's will to endure, and Trent makes his story warmly interesting as well.