A trapper’s chronicle of the American fur trade 1822-1824

Backbone of the World

Volume I of the Temple Buck Quartet historical novel series

by Edward Louis Henry

The first western historical fiction book in  The Temple Buck Quartet that chronicles the rise and fall of the American fur trade. A coming-of-age story of the first two years of the American Rocky Mountain fur trade from 1822-24. It is told in his own words by Temple Buck, an Ohio-born lad whose rollicking tale begins with growing up in the Ohio wilderness, how he is kidnapped and taken aboard evil Mike Fink’s keelboat, is rescued by a beautiful St. Louis madam, and finally enlists in Ashley and Henry’s first expedition up the Missouri River to the beaver-rich Rockies and a wealth of adventure and undreamed-of new experiences. This painstakingly researched tale blends historical and fictional characters in a colorful tapestry of actual events spiced with bloody battles, Indian customs and characters, homespun humor, and earthy romance. Join Temple and his trapper friends on the beginning of their amazing journey into the unexplored and wild wilderness.

ISBN 978-0-9833164-3-5 • 6 x 9  paperback • 492 pgs • $26.95


Edward Louis Henry has been a cowhand, saddle bronc rodeo rider, WWII infantry sergeant, reporter, U.S. Foreign Service officer and speechwriter, plus has spent 30 years in advertising. A lifelong horseman and outdoorsman, Henry is active in mountain man rendezvous where he is known by his mountain man moniker, Poredevil. Western history is his passion. His extensive research adds a strong dose of authenticity to his books. He is a member of Western Writers of America and the author of the Temple Buck Quartet and Poredevil’s Beaver Tales