In the mid-1800's when the northwest territories were coming into being, a special brand of men and women settled that country. Among those early settlers were roughshod mountain men, scalleywags, murders, thieves, gamblers and occasionally, men of character and honor. The latter describes the focus of this book, one Thomas Parsons. Born as a slave, young Thomas was given his freedom in San Francisco and then shortly thereafter shanghaied for two years and abused by a sea captain. He eventually escaped and became a mountain man, business man, successful rancher and eventually a medical doctor. Throughout his life he was fair and generous with his good fortune.