A story of New Orleans just prior to the war of 1812 outlines the division of loyalties created by the Louisiana Purchase and exhibits a particular case through the adventures of two boys whose dealings with Lafitte prevent a disaster. When young Ben Parker arrives to work with his uncle, he gets into a fight almost immediately with Casimir his uncle's partner's son. But because their animosity flared through name calling alone, the two boys are able to bury prejudice in friendship which deepens as they work together and become aware of the political elements- especially Claiborne's unpopularity with the French- and of Spanish attempts to start trouble. Inevitably the boys meet Lafitte, realize his patriotism and with him prevent a raid on the part of the Spanish that might otherwise have prevented French-American unity in the coming war. A ready market for this.