Popular taste for Westerns appears insatiable. Yet without benefit of fictional shading, this author sets forth in the story of Tom Fitzpatrick, a realistic Western grounded in historical fact, to challenge in intensity and adventure any make-believe frontier story. The rugged heroism of this man emerges in a low pitched account of his amazing career. From trail blazer in the Rockles for the purpose of trapping and trading furs, to Fremont's guide on his expedition across the Slerras, to missionaries' guide along the Oregon trail, and later Army guide during the Mexican War, his adventures, and narrow escapes from death ealiven a dramatic period of history. His manly heroism will have specific appeal for a masculine audience.