Gr 5-8-An adventure novel set during the War of 1812. Fifteen-year-old Edward MacNeil, half English, half Oneida Indian, is charged with escorting two American girls, ages 12 and 15, from Fort George to their home in Sandusky, OH. When their ship sinks during a storm on Lake Erie, they make it to an island, where they meet a Native American who is at first reluctant to associate with the three survivors but later befriends them. The war interferes with the journey home several times. Compounding matters are Edward's conflicted feelings; he is torn between his British and Native heritages and his affection for his American friends. With twists at every turn, the plot moves swiftly and keeps readers guessing, but the historical details are somewhat confusing as it is not always clear who is fighting whom and why. This is a minor flaw, however, that does not mar the overall narrative flow. An enjoyable read that takes place during an often-overlooked period in history.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.