Fictionized biography of Marcus Whitman, the famous missionary-doctor, whose pioneering work and energetic sponsorship of the Oregon Territory project did much to strengthen the hand of government in backing its development. A dramatic figure was Marcus Whitman, and his marriage to Narcissa Prentiss is one of the great romances of the opening West a hundred and more years ago. The author has skirted the controversial data on Whitman's early trip west with Samuel Parker, and his return east to battle for the cause of continued missionary work among the Indians, and concentrated chiefly on the events of the journeys, the marriage, the missionary posts the couple held, and finally- after the second trip east- the return and massacre in which both lost their lives. More fiction than history, as the gaps in the record are filled in with storied incident. Recommended for those who prefer their history and biography somewhat cushioned for easy consumption.