A border line book, which older boys will enjoy even more than adults. The story of Hans Christian, who served as Eskimo guide to three great explorers. This is an imagined story of his life, built on what facts are known of the actual man, and on the records of the expeditions. Two of the expeditions preceded the Civil War, that of Dr. Elisha Kent Kane to Cape Constitution, and six years later, Dr. Hayes' party, which reached latitude 81 351 Ten years after the Civil War, Hans accompanied Captain Hall in the Polaris, the first steam driven vessel to penetrate Arctic waters, and led the party farther north than white man had gone before. Hans' job was hunting as well as guiding, and there is a great deal about polar animals. Could be classed as adventure rather than exploration, it is non-technical and deals with events rather than scientific purpose. Told in first person.