Joseph Altsheler began writing juvenile science fiction, when there were few books in the genre. Because Altsheler felt a responsibility to his young readers, he was careful to make his books historically accurate. His simple language and interesting plots are welcome at any age. Altsheler writes about the French and Indian War in The Hunters of the Hills. Robert Lennox, Tayoga and their older partner Dave Willet, a guide and hunter are the characters in this first book of the series. The story is set in the forests of Upstate New York. From the foreword "The Hunters of the Hills" is the first volume of a series dealing with the great struggle of France and England and their colonies for dominion in North America, culminating with the fall of Quebec. It is also concerned to a large extent with the Iroquois, the mighty league known in their own language as the Hodenosaunee, for the favor of which both French and English were high bidders. In his treatment of the theme the author has consulted many au thorities, and he is not conscious of any historical error."