Fourteen year old Ginger Bryant was among the earliest settlers of Sioux City. But as the frontier town grows and changes, she is forced to abandon her carefree way of life with Chaska, her Indian friend. Now Ginger must attend school and face the problems of adjusting to her contemporaries. Yet because of her particular background, she finds it difficult to establish rapport with the new settlers whose attitudes, especially those toward the Indians, are so different from her own. Yet it is Ginger's special understanding of the red men that eventually saves the town when a group of outlaw Indians plan an attack. In this colorful chronicle of frontier life, teenage girls are not only offered a portrait of one girl's inner growth and outer heroism, but also a truer picture than the usual cliche presentation of the Indians who roamed the territory.