This is a superb historical novel. At the start, one fears that it is to be just another frontier story, covered wagons and all the trimmings. Then-as the Bentons press on and become an integral part of each new endeavor, one feels that here is a story that brings one to grips with the tragedy and drama of two races, Indian and white, struggling for possession of the land they feel is their own. The Wabash gave us background for just such a novel. Grand adventure, from the Susquehanna to the Mississippi, and characters that are drawn to the life, so that they seem as true as the historical figures beside which they march. Grand reading.