At 17, Kit Carson left his Kentucky mountain home and went west to become a hunter, an Indian fighter, a respected leader and a glorious marksman. He was a rather small man and his ability to find game was phenomenal. He was often hired to hunt for various expeditions. As his fame spread the legends sprang up and he was soon the archetypal hero of the Southwest. He was a peace-making Indian Agent in New Mexico and as a colonel, he saved Union New Mexico from rebel Texas by several brilliantly fought battles. Then he led 700 troops against 10,000 braves of the Navajo nation. Quite a man, as this fast moving biography shows.