The Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
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James Fenimore Cooper's fourth installment (third in chronology) of the Leatherstocking Tales follows his chief protagonist, Natty Bumppo, shortly after the events of The Last of the Mohicans.
Bumppo, known by a myriad of nicknames (among them "Pathfinder," "Deerslayer," and "Hawkeye"), is hired as a guide and escort for a young woman seeking passage around the region surrounding Lake Ontario. Bumppo, a wilderness expert of strong principles, finds himself conflicted between the lure of the wild woods he calls home and the growing love for the woman he protects. Out of all the Leatherstocking Tales novels, The Pathfinder best demonstrates the emotional depth of the protagonist amidst a turbulent adventure through harrowing surroundings.