Brief, simplistic and somewhat sentimental novel tells the story of the last chance of a French Canadian woodsman to ply his craft. Frenchie is an old- time ax logger, down and out of a job in these days of chain saws and big logging perations. Finally he gets his ""good chance"": to lumber off by hand, and with only the help of a horse, a big tract in the Adirondacks. Ecstatic, he bids farewell to his girl Annie, and takes off for several weeks of lonely, strenuous labor. Then the sounds of a big logging operation in the next valley come to plague him; the ax slips and slashes his knee. He works on, but does go back to town, where Annie takes him to a doctor who sews up the knee. But Frenchie cannot resist a fast spree; while drinking and dancing, he ruins his leg, probably permanently. The presentation of scene and narrative are points in favor here, somewhat adulterated in effect by the deliberate ingenuousness of the telling.