"Once he was Jean Cartier, a French explorer. Now he is Woodchuck, a proud warrior of the Elk-dog People whose mission is to introduce his son, Red Feather, to the crucial business of trading. To exchange furs for the Spanish weapons of steel, father and son journey through hostile territory peopled by unpredictable tribes. But a warning from a former enemy makes Woodchuck realize too late that the real danger comes from his own countrymen. Soon Red Feather lies near death, wounded by the French and rescued by a beautiful Indian maiden, and his father's only hope is to elude the Europeans before he too becomes a victim of the vengence."