This is the story of a mysterious leopardthat terrorized Thunag, a small town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh. Itis about the extraordinary experience of sitting on a tree-top Machan, walkingthe forests in the middle of the night, and the adventures of chasing a man-eater.It is about the fear of living in the realm of a man-eater. This book gives aninsight into the behaviour of a leopard derived from various sources oftraditional knowledge. The description of the basic instincts, the strengthsand the weaknesses of the big cat, and their linkage with the short tales ofexperience will keep you engrossed. Whether it is the changing perceptions of thehuman-leopard conflict, the modifications in the social behaviour that a man-eaterbrings along, or the challenges involved in dealing with a man-eater, the bookdescribes it all. At the same time, it highlights the gaps in the system, greyareas which need research, and the need for people to remain connected withnature. This personal memoir is an exciting and useful read for people of allages and professions, especially the environmentalists, foresters, bureaucrats,and wildlife enthusiasts.