The author of Swift Flows the River again uses the Columbia River as setting for a segment of American frontier history, thinly fictionized. The scene is a lonely trading post on the river about 1813-14, a post which had shifted hands when a representative of the Aster interests sold out to the British for a brief period before falling into American hands again. This is the story of Alexander Henry, whose heart was in the fate of the post, who made friends of the Indians, who was content with a man's life. Then name an English ship, bearing the threat of seizing the property and letting the post go, and the even greater threat of bringing a white woman into the strictly male precincts of the fort. The woman was a doxy of the man McTavish, Northwest factor, and through her same troubles, Indian attack, jealousy on the part of the Indian princess, wife of McDougall at the fort, emotional catastrophe to the men. The story is slow getting under way -- but adds another leaf to frontier history.