George Sly's experiences as a biologist and observer of nature provide the background for a series of essays which speak movingly of our relationship with the natural world. His stories carry us from his rural Indiana home to the rainforests of Malaysia and Peru. In them, he reminds us of the value of loved ones, our need for connection with nature, the delights of travel, and the rewards of a reflective life. In essays ranging from the whimsical to the serious, his writings reveal to us a world that is indeed enthralling. From the graphic workings of a family farm, to his friendship with tribal people of the rainforest, and on to a grandfathers' attempt to explain life's calamities, these compositions both entertain and give us much to contemplate.