Sixteen year old Whit Martin is an ideal hero -- smart and athletic. In the 1760's just after the French and Indian War and before the Revolution, his settlement lies in the path of the great chief Pontiac. Whit's father, an old frontier Indian fighter, had taught the boy all he knew about woodlore, Indian customs and hand-to-hand fighting. When Whit was kidnapped by the Abenakis and survived their gantlet ordeal through the perfect coordination of brain and muscle he was adopted as a son of the tribe. The plotting and raids that follow, as the resisting Abenakis are swept up by Pontiac's scheme, are effectually hampered by Whit's presence, for he fights against the all too easy assimilation and remains loyal to his own palefaces. The action is fast as fort after fort falls to Pontiac's raiders. Whit's know-how in wilderness fighting and survival comes over well in an adventure story for boys that clips right along and is slickly well-told.