It's a great pity that author Starr apparently produced only this book and its sequel Treasure of Wonderwhat: A Farstar and Son Novel #2; he's not even listed on Fantastic Fiction's website. He certainly had a deft touch at creating societies and characters, to say nothing of compelling plots. Dawnboy MacCochise, age 16, has been raised for most of his life on the planet of Apache Highlands, colonized centuries ago during "the Ethnic Migrations" by colonists who believed "that mankind had reached the zenith of its evolutionary and cultural advancement in the Scots Highlander and Apache Indian of the eighteenth century," but in fact only his mother was a native of that world: his father was Ranger Farstar, a space trader and free-lance planet locater who put him to be raised by her people after her early death. Now Ranger has a new ship and a tip on where to find the pot of gold every locater dreams of, an unspoiled, unknown planet with no sentient inahbitants, and he wants to give his son a chance to discover whether the spacer's life will suit him as well as the hybrid Highlander/Indian warrior life (Dawnboy considers himself "an Apache warrior") has.
Though occasionaly didactic and definitely prone to propagandize for the virtues of the capitalistic system, Starr never forgets that he's telling a story, and he tells it very well, especially when he's providing background about Dawnboy's world and background, the Apache Highlands culture, and the society of Capitalia, the Millionaires' World, where Ranger's financial backer, the mutant tycoon Rothfeller Hughes, has his headquarters. There's also a good element of suspense as Ranger, Dawnboy, and their ship-brain Lulu contend with rival ships belonging to the navies of IFIB and PHAP, two socialistic/totalitarian regimes that are both looking for planets to use as safety valves for their own overpopulated worlds. This tightly-plotted tale has been a favorite of mine since my first deacde as a reader of sf, and it's lost nothing of its charm in 40-odd years.