The consumate frontier adventure story. Vivid, violent, and full of love for the civilized white man. It was a wild region in which we had fixed ourselves. Dark forests were on every side. To the north and the east was the great chain of lakes which extend a third of the way across North America. Numberless mountain-ranges rose in the distance, with intervening heights, some rugged and precipitous, others clothed to their summits with vegetation.