This biography introduces young readers to the lives of Jesuit priest Jacques Marquette and fur trader Louis Jolliet. The book discusses each man's childhood and education. Readers discover that the Mississippi River is one of North America's most important waterways and that Marquette and Jolliet were the first white men to travel the upper Mississippi River, from the Wisconsin River to the mouth of the Arkansas River. The book introduces how various Native American tribes, such as the Quapaw tribe, helped the explorers. Also explained through engaging text are the lives of Marquette and Jolliet following their Mississippi River journey. Marquette soon died at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River, and Jolliet married, had a family, and continued his work as an explorer and a mapmaker. Full-color photos, an index, a timeline, a map, discussion questions, bold glossary terms, and phonetics accompany easy-to-read text and allow readers to follow Marquette and Jolliet's brave journey.