The all emcompassing "western writer", Zane Grey, portrays the pioneer life in a vivid realistic manner. Although the reader knows that it is fiction it is impossible not to feel that one is part of the unfolding drama. Betty Zane comes alive as she battles pride, traitors, and Indians to reach the arms of her lover Alfred Clarke. Mixed in this romance is the chilling fight for life by the whole pioneer settlement of Fort Henry. When completed the reader cannot help but be awed by pioneer life and the elequont writing of Zane Grey.