Autobiography and adventure in Arctic and Antarctic aviation unfolds in the exploits of the author who was in Spitzbergen with Amundsen, his hero preparing for the race between Amundsen and Byrd. Byrd won, was credited with the first flight to cross the Pole. In 1927 Balchen flew the Atlantic with Byrd in the Orteig Prize race won by Lindbergh for the first transatlantic flight. In World War II he helped Norwegian Resistance Movements with planes based in Sweden. A tale of planes and fliers, explorers and war, quests and zest.