Fifty years after leaving the family homestead in Happy Valley, Alaska, Dan Walker unexpectedly received a shoebox full of letters penned inby his parents as they traveled north from Sugar Tree Ridge, Ohio to build a new life on the Last Frontier The letters ignited Walker s memory and he remembered how, as a small boy, he watched with wonder as his family built a home, harvested moose, and learned the ways of the North Country A quiet thread of melancholy weaves through Walker s story as he remembers how his father s untimely death forced their large family to leave behind the life he loved As much as the book is a quest to recall Walker s early years on the homestead, it is a search for the father he hardly knew