David was 8 and had always lived in Vancouver. The move to the wilds of Swiftwater, British Columbia, where his father has taken a job as park warden, was an abrupt change for both David and his mother. And he resisted every step of the way. There seemed to be so many prohibitions, things he must not do, places he must not go. It starts out as a very human story about a very human small boy. Occasionally it seems to take on too much the flavor of a morality tale, as David learns by hard experience, the reasons for the rules. It has some plus values, however, in the vivid picture of the region.