It would have been so much easier if he had been left alone, with only himself to feed and shelter."" But besides an infected scalp wound, King David, twelve, wakens after a Sioux attack on their wagon train to find himself and his contrary six-year-old sister, Queen of Sheba, the sole survivors. Weak, feverish, and hungry, King David decides to follow the tracks of another group of wagons, their parents' among them, which he hopes escaped the attack. He wastes days while laid low by the infection and must spend two more, resentfully, searching for Queen of Sheba who has slipped away to play at a pool of water; but he finally catches up with Pa. The children's names, taken from the author's family records of the period, haven't much to do with the story. AS for the ordeal, it's veraciously though not compellingly recorded.