Set in the wild forests between the British and French colonies in the mid-18th-century wars, The Last of the Mohicans brims with action. Hawk-eye, first of the tough but honourable heroes of the frontier, leads a mixed band on a perilous journey. In the course of their experiences, all are tested to the utmost. Hawk-eye and Chingachgook reveal true courage, Heyward shows doggedness and Magua proves treacherous. Uncas, last of the Mohicans, emerges as their saviour - but too late to save Cora, the heroine.