In these fascinating tales, Sam Cook captures the remote and beautiful North Woods, examining how this dramatic and forbidding landscape shapes his life and the lives of other people who reside there. Like a skilled storyteller sitting near a campfire, he leaves his audience spellbound with tales of adventure. "Cook writes so well that his text reads effortlessly. His descriptions are striking without being self-conscious or showy.... In his writing, Cook passionately evokes the feelings that come from contact with wild places and wild creatures. He creates in us a longing for the seasons-all the seasons, not just summer, but all the seasons of the north."