I do not feel that this measures up to her previous books. The picture it draws of the frontier may have factual ground, but seems a bit too sophisticated to ring true. The story contributes this much -- it presents a graphic aspect of the struggles between the colonists and the Spanish for possession of the Mississippi and the land to the east of it. But the plot -- while good reading of its kind -- depends almost solely on such contrivances as overheard conversations, for motivation, and this wears thin after repetition. The story revolves around the experiences of a boy, branded a coward because he ran away under fire in a mismanaged attack against the Indians, and of his chance on the ""Tennessee outpost"" to make good the faith of Washington.