Subtitled, "Journeying toward the Cherokee Mountains", this book is set in the Southern Appalachians - being "among the most beautiful, biologically diverse, and historically important regions of North America". As he details this country of old growth and ancient myths, Camuto unfolds the details of the restoration of Canis rufus, the controversial red wolf.
In the Beginning, the people say, the Dog was put on the mountain and the Wolf beside the fire. When the winter came the Dog could not stand the cold, so he came down to the settlement and drove the Wolf from the fire. The Wolf ran to the mountains, where it suited him so well that he prospered and increased.
Originally published at $25.00/ 1997