An artless story of a boy's life in the old West, when, after the death of his Mother, his uncle Nate comes to Illinois to take young Nathan Rogers with him on his travels. Young Nathan learns the lore and crafts of the frontier, through his uncle and his friends, hunts buffalo, lives with the Indians, and finally decides to throw in with the cow crowd. In cattle drives he tours the Southwest, wins friends, makes his own way to his home place, where he courts young Sudie Bolton. But when he is hurt horse-breaking, it is Sudie's sister, Carmen, who helps to save his life and it is she he weds. They wait for their baby during the threat of an Indian raid in which they are helped by an old Apache friend of Nathan's. This tells its story with some humor, campfire talk and a comfortable aimlessness.