Life in Rural Western Oregon, mid- 1940s through mid- 1950s through the eyes of a young boy as he navigates through life. He experiences the rewards and pitfalls of living life with hard case loggers and their ways. At the same time dealing with raging rivers, wild animals and nature herself trying to find ways to end life. Even with surroundings that seem to be plotting against him and his friends they are free to enjoy life to it's fullest. This freedom has slowly faded over the years, one can only look back and wonder if it were true. The story is a mixture of fact and fiction, sometimes the facts are somewhat difficult to believe and the fiction seems relevant.