Regional-historical-frontier -- family story of a youth's loyalty to childhood bonds. To Wisconsin has come a Derbyshire family, pioneers to a wilderness, seeking a home for their children and their own prosperity. Throughout young Dick's boyhood, his path is crossed with traces of a French girl, captured by Indians, whose memory haunts him. He falls in love with Lucy -- is separated by her family -- and when Fate brings the French girl, now almost wholly Indian, across his path, he marries her, and cuts himself off from his kind. Then she leaves him, for her Indian husband --and he returns to his people, and finds Lucy free to marry him. Not a very important book, as such stories go, but neither better nor worse than the run-o'-the-mill.