A story of the exploration of Abyssinian Danakil, and of three white men who crossed a fearful strip of desert and jungle, 800 miles of temperature running as high as 165 degrees, of scorching sand storms, of scarcity of water, of wild beasts and men yet more savage. A fantastic, mad trip, which opens up a remote section of Africa to our knowledge -- but scarcely tempts us to go there. Adventure, pioneering, against fearful odds -- in this modern age of ours. The descriptions are almost too graphic. But the hardships are recounted with typical British restraint and understatement. Not a book for light and easy escape reading. But exploration and travel for the hardened fireside traveler.