When Barefoot is awakened in the middle of the night by his friend Butternut, a clumsy squirrel, he embarks on a mission to help rescue the cantankerous Grandpa Beaver. But his excursion turns into a struggle for his own life when Barefoot falls into an icy river. Boofoot, an injured caribou on a journey to rejoin his herd, unwittingly saves Barefoot’s life and takes him to the cabin of a mysterious woodsman—Piquat Pearcrumb, a legendary figure who writes poems and doctors grizzly bears. When wolves stalk Barefoot on his way back home, he must depend on his newfound friend, Boofoot, to save his life once again.
For fourteen of her past nineteen years in Alaska, Romey Atchley has lived with her husband, David, and two sons in the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge. They are the only people living in this remote natural wilderness area. Their cabin is over two hundred miles from the nearest road—beyond access to schools, doctors, and grocery stores. Romey and her family live a subsistence lifestyle among the wild animals where they hunt, fish, garden, tan hides, and homeschool their children. Through her writings, drawings, and photographs, Romey brings her wilderness experiences to life for others to share.