A conflict breaks out between cattle ranchers and government agents in Montana over the killing of wolves, a protected species. On the positive side this is how Luke Calder, son of the leading rancher meets and falls in love with Helen Ross, a government biologist. By the author of The Horse Whisperer.
The wolves are killing the animals of local ranchers and the ranchers, led by Buck Calder, would like to exterminate them but they are a protected species.
Helen Ross, a wolf biologist, is sent to Hope to tag and protect the wolves. She's given a cabin in the mountains to work out of and has a lonely existence having come from a broken relationship.
She meets Buck's son, Luke, an eighteen-year-old who also feels protective about the wolves. They form a romantic relationship.
Luke had been under his father's rules and it's a good character development to see him mature to his own person who knows what he wants.
Both sides of the conflict are well described, the ranchers who are having some of their valuable livestock killed and the preservationists who feel this is where wolves once lived and should be back in their natural habitat.
I do wish Nicholas Evans wrote more books.
The Loop captures nature in all its strength and vulnerability. The landscapes too are breath-taking and the human drama sits emotionally but tactfully against these elements of beauty and survival.