A regional-historical novel by a Canadian, of the slow, difficult struggle of the pioneer settlers of the eighteenth century. Fierre De Rencontre emigrates from St. Malo to Canada, and is joined there by the girl he loves. They find their strength through the many difficulties, clearing the forests, building their home, the everpresent menace of the hostile Iroquois. Throughout Fierre is sustained by his vision of the new world, and the role of the settler -- and even after he loses his home at the hands of the Indians, he remains there to start again -- this time with the assurance that his country will send troops to protect them. Solid, authentic recreation of the country -- and the times.