Melville Clarendon, a young man of sixteen and his sister Dorothy, about eight, find themselves orphaned when the Sioux capture and take their parents. They are befriended by Red Feather, a member of the tribe that had attacked their family. Together, Melville and Red Feather ward off numerous forays of less-than-friendly Indians.
Edward Sylvester Ellis (April 11, 1840 - June 20, 1916) was an American author who was born in Ohio and died at Cliff Island, Maine.
Ellis was a teacher, school administrator, journalist, and the author of hundreds of books and magazine articles that he produced by his name and by a number of noms de plume. Notable fiction stories by Ellis include The Steam Man of the Prairies and Seth Jones, or the Captives of the Frontier. Internationally, Edward S. Ellis is probably known best for his Deerfoot novels read widely by young boys until the 1950s.