Story of a voyage to the Arctic in 1994-95 in a 36-foot steel cutter. The author & his wife seek adventure, nature, & a deeper understanding of the Inuit people, finding more of all three than they dreamed. Their boat iced in for the winter in the Northwest passage at 74 degrees North, word comes by radio that Diana's father is dying of cancer. The Canadian Coast Guard evacuates her by helicopter & Alvah must survive the winter darkness alone but for a cat. Harrowing adventures, great photographs, & a flair for story telling.
Having said that, going into the Arctic, and spending the winter there is quite an achievement. I would like to bow three times to him, in the Japanese / Korean fashion. Respect, Respect, Respect
Respect for the lucid manner in which he writes. Without this, the book would have been one long drone. He does not make himself seem to be a hero. He does recognise his own urge to conquer new spaces.
Respect for his views on the environment. We need more people like him. Also, for the fact that he lives life on his terms.
Respect for the courage to make this trip to the Arctic, something many of us just dream of doing.