Savanna is the direct descendant of Hannah Fowler as is her story (one of a kindred series) and she grows up in the ""beautiful bone bare"" Arkansas Territory as ""tough as a whangstring"". She is also willful, self-reliant, proud, impatient- with herself as well as others. After three years of a sheltered, companionable marriage (at 16) to an older man, she is widowed and runs the stores he leaves, heading against the ruthless competition of the fur trader, Auguste Chouteau. A second marriage, of stormy passion, to an enlisted man- Abe Lathrop, brings her twin boys, but quiets down- into discontent. Always reckless, she discounts advice, gets involved in the troubles of another young woman and shoots her worthless husband, eventually is indirectly responsible for Abe's death at the hands of the Pawnces. Alone, and penniless, she looks ahead, and there is the faithful Army Surgeon David Holt whose love she now appreciates and reciprocates... A woman's story again toughened up by the frontier-pioneer facts of life and steadfastness of spirit, this continues a sturdy series for a predictable public.