Kantor has departed from his historical backgrounds for this story of a passion that wrecked lives. A strange, almost morbid story of an old man, who has given his later years to compensation for an experience of his youth, in an attempt to restore to nature the lost passenger pigeon. His wife -- his daughter -- his human relations have been secondary. When the final pair of birds are snared, and the reward paid, he cannot pause to consider what this fantastic sum may do to the Florida cracker to whom it has been paid. But his daughter fears -- and follows through -- to degredation, death, and finally revenge. At the end, the pigeons are lost -- but a life is saved. A haunting story, extremely well done, with more than a flavor of Hemingway in the telling.