Becky Landers, being the man of the family, knew that if there was to be turkey on the Christmas dinner table, she would have to provide it.
Although Becky's 16-year-old brother had been taken by Indians in the past year, and Becky's father savagely slain on their earlier journey to the frontier woods of Kentucky, Becky has indomitable spunk. For the moment, it inspires her determination to go after a turkey outside the town walls of Maybrook. But for the long range, Becky has more ambitious plans, born of her unquenchable hope that Rodney, her brother, yet survives.
In the year 1778, as the War for Independence rages, Becky forms a plan to join the audacious Captain George Rogers Clark on his daredevil mission to win the British holdings at Kaskaskia and Vincennes. She hopes to rescue her brother near Kaskaskia. Naturally, she will meet every form of resistance to such an outrageous initiative from a 15-year-old girl.
This vivid and well-researched novel paints, in the author's words, a composite picture of communal and family life in Kentucky with its forts, its cabins, its sports and customs, as well as of the sterner life of its warriors and hunters and shows us the heroic part played by the women and the young girls. We are memorably introduced to the historic figures of Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark, Simon Kenton, the Frenchman De Quindre, the Indian Black Fish and others, who interweave with Becky's adventures in as colorful a manner as their actual personalities deserve.