After the massacre, Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. Stranded on the limitless prairie, the children were up against starvation, Indians, and wild animals. They were both mighty stubborn--but the odds were against them.
This is the synopsis from the back cover "After the massacre, Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them--and their luck was about to run out."
Louis L'Amour is a well known author who writes short books about the west! See the number of review stars for his book called Lonely on the Mountain.
The open prairie is a hard place for a seven-year-old boy on his own. Food is scarce, and Indians, outlaws, and wild animals are a constant threat. But young Hardy Collins has no choice. After Indian raiders massacre his wagon train party, there's no one left but three-year-old Betty Sue, who worships him and shadows his every move. Now, with only a knife, a horse, and the survival lessons his father taught him, Hardy must become a man sooner than he ever dreamed possible-or he and Betty Sue will never live to reach California.
Hard bitten western with just that touch of heart which is typically L'Amour.
This is my first Louis L'Amour book. To my surprised I really enjoyed it. It was a book that I was able to finish in one sitting which isn't a bad thing and considering I am normally not a fan of books with a lot of children parts I like the main character. Who is a boy looking after a younger girl attempting to survive long enough for his father to find them. The two encounter a couple of vilians as well as a bear. I really loved that the young boys horse played a major role in big situtations. Overall a 4.5 star book :)
This is my favorite L'Amour novel. It is actually a fairly short easy read but don't let that fool you! Hardy Collins, the main character, is written with great depth and gets my vote for "Best Hero" Louis L'Amour ever created. That says a lot about Hardy, a seven year old boy, who finds himself the care-taker of a three year old girl in the middle of nowhere after Indians massacre his wagon train. How he survives while taking care of a three year old girl is the stuff of legends.