An awesome story of hardship and human resourcefulness during Vitus Bering's voyage to find the Northwest Coast of America in 1738. George Steller was a German naturalist, attached to the Russian Academy of Sciences, who trekked thousands of miles across Siberia to join Bering. It was a disillusioning expedition, but Steller accomplished tremendous work -- preparing the first scientific report on the nature of the Alaskan Coast, on the islands they visited on the heart-breaking trip home, and a monograph on the sea-cow which is a classic to this day. Steller's story is a thriller and Miss Bell has caught his spirit of excitement and wonder. Tautly written, with perhaps an overworking of the word ""prodigious"", but always alive, here is an excellent account of real adventure.