The struggle for the North American Continent during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, between the British and French, was bloodier than any war in Europe. This is a series of stories about the many warring factions.
The struggle between the British and the French was over the fur trade. The British had arrived on these American shores to begin a new life. The French on the other hand were interested in taking the riches of the land and returning those riches to the homeland.
The British and their Puritans beliefs were at opposite poles and conflict was inevitable. Since the British were interested in colonizing, they wanted to grab as much of the land as they could control. These two great European nations had been at war on and off for hundreds of years. Much of that war and disagreement spilled over to the American Continent.
This novel outlines many of the battles that the French undertook and the number of causalities that resulted.
A young man, Paul Dudley, is captured by an Abnaki war party. According to their custom, when a warrior is killed a relative may adopt another to take his place. Paul is adopted into the tribe and learns that he likes the life style. He marries an Abnaki squaw and settles into his new life. While out on a hunting expedition, his village (the St. Frances Mission) is raided by British Rangers, and when he returns finds his wife and child are killed.
He moves to Quebec where he is embraced by the governor. While visiting Montreal, he is introduced to a Christian Mohawk woman who reminds him of his first wife. They marry and have two children. He pledges himself to the French cause in Canada. He joins the Canadian army and rises to the rank of colonel. He serves in many of the conflicts between the British and the French Canadians. He suffers the same fate as Montcalm during the final battle on the “Plains of Abraham.”