This book is complete in itself and is not part of a series. Lee Graham is faced with the decision of remaining in his beloved city, whose pollution is toxic to his lungs, or taking up the offer of free land in a Michigan wilderness. The magazine that offers Lee the free land has one stipulation: he cannot step foot off of the designated area in the wilderness for an entire year without forfeiting the land. The magazine crew covering the story consists of self-centered, conniving Photographer Cal Tyler, his sister Kate the harried writer who is also the guardian of their teenage brother Sean. For his part, Sean is doing his best to be sent to Juvenile Hall. Lee's faith in God is tested by the harshness of wilderness living as well as by living next door to the three Tylers. Even he begins wondering if anyone will survive the wilderness.