This is the fifth and final novel about Natti Bampo, a pathfinder, warrior and scout. Early 18th century. The pristine forests of the east coast of the North American continent fell under the blows of axes. The remnants of numerous Indian tribes are forced to retreat further west into the vast prairie. Along with them goes and Leather Stocking, unable to bear the "civility" of their white relatives. Wandering through the boundless steppes, he expects to spend the last years of his life alone, but the caravan of settlers from the east violates the measured and calm life of the hero. He will again have to plunge into the whirlpool of human passions, betrayal, deception, feats and accomplishments. At 86, the Ranger is back on the warpath!
This is the third in a series of novels about Netti Bampo. In the North American continent, the bloody war for colonial domination continues. Leather Stocking, this time bearing the name Rangers, serves as a scout and guide in the British Army. By fate this time he is given not only to fight with enemies, but also to save a friend, who was suspected of treason. And all this at the moment when the hearts of a forest tramp for the first time in her life touched love.
"Limping, they went down to the river, and once the one that was walking in front, staggered, tripping in the middle of a stone scattering. Both were tired and exhausted, and their faces expressed patient obedience - a trace of long deprivation. Their shoulders were pulled by heavy bales, pulled with belts. Each of them was carrying a gun. Both were hunched over, head-bent low and not raising their eyes..."