Based on Old Man Crow's Boy, published in 1948, this story of an Idaho boyhood from 1882- 87 is a rugged, vivid saga of life on the plains and the range. The son of Old Man Crow, nicknamed Sprout, accepted with awe and admiration his father's hard fisted law in the small ""town"" he had settled in 1880 on the edge of the Malad River Basin. With a tenacity reminiscent of the Old Man, and native ingenuity, Sprout learns and grows, conditioned by an environment which demands self reliance, courage and skill. Bear hunts, local sheep herders' feuds, a wild escape with a hidden cargo of gold, mountain lions, trapping and a man hunt pace the pages of the book. The style is taunt, mature, highlighting the action. Superior Western-lore for boys.