In 1675, the Quakers and the Lenni Lenape nation were on excellent terms, exchanging goods for land, participating in joint banquets and celebrations. But 14 year old Asaph and his sister Sara were soon to experience the cruelty of unfriendly tribes when they are captured by the Iroquois. In return for his freedom, Asaph is required to pass through a torture test and though bruised and beaten he and Sara and his new friend Hawk Face are set afloat. For a long time they find refuge with the generous Sakima and live as young Indians in the wilderness. When Asaph finally returns to his people, he offers his services as a trail blazer and with Hawk Face, now dubbed ""Andrew"", embarks on a man-sized job. A white boy's assimilation into Indian culture reveals a whole gamut of folkways and discourages the stereotyped view of Indian malevolence.