Heimo Korth is a young man whose heart has always been in the wilderness. He is among many young men who venture into the northern frontiers of Alaska for the adventure in the 70's. What makes him different is that he is only one of the very few who manages to make a living there, a rather meager one but a living nonetheless. He builds a cabin in the bush, in fact he builds a few. He traps for fur and hunts for food.
The story is respectfully and lovingly told by Heimo's cousin, James Campbell. James visits Heimo often and spends weeks at a time living at Heimo's place. He shares with the reader what it is like for him to live in the bush and anecdotally for Heimo and his family. Edna, an Eskimo woman and Heimo's wife, loves the wilderness. The family does look forward to spending six weeks in town during the short summer season. They have two daughters, Rhonda and Krin, who were raised on the frontier and know no other kind of life.
The long cold winter, no electricity, and water retrieved from the river in large buckets once or twice a day are only some of the hardships. Food consisted of caught animals and any basic stores they were able to afford on their infrequent trips to town. Meals were cooked outdoors in the Arctic summer, on a wood burning stove in the winter. There was always the danger of a roaming grizzly while outdoors. The only way in or out of their part of the country is by air in small bush planes.
This report prepared by Coletta Ollerer