George Washington sends Daniel and Yadkin into ""Ken-Tuck-E,"" the ""dark and bloody"" hunting ground of four Indian nations, to find a site for a fort. Once they arrive, they encounter representatives of two of those four nations -- Shawnee warriors chasing a lone Cherokee warrior. Daniel helps drive the Shawnee away, and the grateful Cherokee, Mingo, returns the favor by showing Daniel and Yad an ideal location to build their fort. Yad returns east while Daniel remains with Mingo to explore the country.
A man called Flathead Joseph kidnaps the adopted daughter of a Cherokee chief and offers her to the Boonesborough settlers in exchange for a jug of rum. When it's revealed that the girl is in reality white, Daniel purchases her freedom. Then the Cherokee arrive on the scene and want to take the girl back to live with them. Some of the settlers do not agree that she should return but the girl herself wants to go
Israel accidentally startles a passing peddler's horse and his goods are ruined. Daniel agrees to compensate Seth Jannings for his loss, but matters are complicated when Jannings steals a sacred mourning doll from the wife of a Native American chief and plans to hold it for ransom. Knowing that this could lead to major hostilities with the Native Americans, Daniel puts his own neck on the line to retrieve the doll from Jannings.
Josh's late uncle, who wanted him to give up his carefree ways, leaves him an inheritance--a plot of land near Boonesborough and an educated slave named Jonah. Josh, who doesn't believe in slavery, frees Jonah but he refuses to leave until he's made a proper gentleman out of Josh. Needless to say, Jonah's plow is in the hard ground especially when Josh enters him into a prizefight without asking.
Daniel and Israel travel to Philadelphia to obtain much-needed supplies for the Kentucky settlers but the British have decreed that supplies can only be bought with currency. Daniel then gets old friend Benjamin Franklin to print up a batch of counterfeit notes but this method doesn't seem very ethical to young Israel.
It's time for the annual footrace between the settlers and the Native Americans. Since Daniel has gotten a little long in the tooth when it comes to cross country running it's up to Cincinnatus to find another candidate. He finds one in fleet-footed slave Lucas Hunter but then learns that Lucas' brother will be running for the Native Americans.