The hero of this story is the older Alexander Henry (there were two in Canadian history), one of the first traders to penetrate the Northwest after Britain won Canada from France. His adventures are summed up in his own writings, the basic reference for this book. Henry's story begins in 1760 when he initiated trade relations with the Indians. His ability to befriend the Red man, his flair for dramatics exhibited in the many disguises he was forced to assume to save his life, were requisites for the chilling episodes he survived. He lived through the massacre at Fort Michilimackinac, he influenced the great peace council at Niagara and like so many famous adventurers endured the hardships of untamed wilderness and weather. One can depend on the accuracy of fact, in a tale that reads like fiction.