The Rules of the Game is about logging in California as well as the environmental efforts of the forest service. Stewart Edward White talks about the beginnings of California forest systems. Excerpt: "Late one fall afternoon, in the year 1898, a train paused for a moment before crossing a bridge over a river. From it descended a heavy-set, elderly man. The train immediately proceeded on its way. The heavy-set man looked about him. The river and the bottom-land growths of willow and hardwood were hemmed in, as far as he could see, by low-wooded hills."