Wayne McLennan was born in an Australian coalmining town. To avoid going down the mines-as did his grandfather, father, uncles and cousins- he became a bank clerk, a job he came to hate. Eventually leaving the mercantile profession, McLennan has tried his hand at professional boxing, gold mining in Costa Rica, he has owned and worked a fishing boat on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Other adventures include a gruelling two- and- a- half month, 1,600 kilometre journey by rowboat along the coast of Canada and Alaska, and a stint on an Alaskan fishing trawler. He encounters compelling individuals along the way: men who refuse to give into the conformity and comforts of modern life, choosing instead lonely and often dangerous ways of living.