For any reader with a secret passion for the wide open spaces, lost frontiers and pioneering as our forebears knew it, here is a book that transports the reader into a pioneering venture beyond our dreams- and makes it real. The story of Ralph Edwards in the Reader's Digest sparked the imagination and the zest for more about those forty years away from civilization- and here is the full story, as full, that is, as we are likely to get. For Ralph Edwards' record is in the clearings made from virgin forest; in the boats, cabins, barns built by an amateur who learned the hard way; in the sawmill built from books, the electric plants constructed from the printed word- and materials at hand; the improvisations born of necessity;- and the plane acquired at the end of the dream. Hunting, trapping, ranching, farming, studying the wild life around him, helping sustain and build back to security the almost extinct breed of trumpeter swans, every step of the way proved man's usually unexplored potentials could achieve the impossible. His wife-ultimately two sons- and a daughter, in every respect as remarkable as her father -- hewed this life in the wilderness out of ingenuity, hard work, imagination and will power. It makes a challenging record.