John Hildebrand sets out in a canoe . . . to explore the great
riverway of northwestern Canada and Alaska. . . . The geography is
closely rendered and the characters especially sharply drawn. The
country is filled with mad dropouts at river fish camps,
good-hearted girls in the towns, sullen natives in tumbledown
villages, cranky old-timers, terrible drunks and worse moralizers
who live off the wild landscape and its abundant resources. . . .
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