Mari Sandoz is an old hand at books dealing with the West. Here she has tapped her profound knowledge of this rich background for a moving story of an Indian boy, Young Lance, and of his small captive, the little Ree. Lance was a restless, somewhat rebellious boy, eager to go off on his own tack, and his progress to manhood was a checkered one. He meets each challenge-but honors are not for him. He would rather paint a picture, immortalizing his adventures; he would rather keep pledge with the little Ree than follow the old trails. There is plenty of action, building to successive crises, in his story. Its value lies in the very human portrait of a boy growing up- and of a way of life that is gone.