In the autumn chill, Joseph Cobb, aka “Cobb,” is on a research expedition to kayak the wild waters of Maine and camp on the same island David Thoreau visited. Before he even gets his kayak submerged, he meets Mary who is on an expedition of her own.
From the first shared peanut butter and crackers, sleeping bag, and the love of the wilderness, they won’t separate from one another.
But there is a conflict that neither one created or can control. Mary suspects her family inheritance may be fatal in the form of Huntington’s disease. Will she test herself to find out, or leave it in the hands of fate? What does Cobb think about this possibility? Are there ultimatums to their instantaneous love when it may have a time limit?
The honesty and intense love shared by Cobb and Mary along with their journey through the forest and rivers, a trip to an exotic island, and back to the prairies, left me with the reassurance that love is the most important accolade life can give.
Joseph Monninger relates a fabulous romance, intense with love and pain, and rich in characterization. I needed to take a moment at the end and ponder the need for anything but true love.