The siren call of land-owning and self-sufficiency should appeal in this yarn about two boys, a claim in the Oregon forest lands in the early 1900's and the uncovering of a swindle. Sixteen-year-old Nat Purvis and his English friend Billy, who had jumped his ship to make his way in the new country, settle in a cabin in the wilderness with Nat's proud, wiry little grandmother. The boys soon become involved in a tangle about claims, mortgages and unscrupulous swindlers of the homesteaders. Some detective work, honesty and courage give the story a happy ending. Heavy legal intricacies slow the action but the locals and period offer tempting fare.