Written by an author best known for his adventurous Western tales, Zane Grey's The Man of the Forest, published in 1920, is about a woman who is taken prisoner by a group of outlaws, and the plan that is put into motion to rescue her back.
The Man of the Forest is of the storyline Grey does best, an action-packed story set against the harsh, forbidding scenery of the Wild West. When a young woman is captured by a band of thieves and plunderers, a man works extremely hard to figure out a way to bring her back safely. To do this, he must make sense of the bandits' plans with her and predict their movements.
The Man of the Forest was well-received by critics, like most of Grey's novels. In 1933, it was adapted into a film directed by Henry Hathaway, who also directed several other movies based off of Grey's work, starring Verna Hillie and Randolph Scott.