The first thing you shuld know about this book is that it is actually five books in one. The next thing you should know is that it is a really good book.
It is a western type book about a young boy named Francis Alphonse Tucket. Francis is on his way west with his family when he is kidnapped by a group of Pawnee indians. This sets off a series of adventures involving Mr. Grimes, a on e armed trapper, Braid, a mean indian brave, Lottie, a talkitive young girl, and Billy, Lottie's little brother. Together thay trap beaver, escape indians, bandits , and of course the ocasional crazy person.
In these stories Mr. Paulsen has manages to capture the vibracy of the old west in a tale of the life of a young boy.