A sequel to The Road, this continues the adventures of Matt Finch who in 1779 joins Morgan's Rifle Corps. In order to protect his country from savage Indian attacks and to Mary Poams, a childhood friend imprisoned by the Senecas. With General Sullivan's forces, Matt learns his craft well as he penetrates the heart of the ""lroquols Longhouse"" that great section of the New York frontier. His capture by the enemy is offset by a reunion with Mary and inter by a dramatic escape through Seneca country and eventual freedom. Though Mall is well aware of the savage nature of his enemy, he is also horrified by the and destruction the Indians suffer- from American troops. And since no character is painted all ""red"" or ""white"", an ostensibly routine adventure tale generates thoughtful observations on the part of the reader.