After graduating from Amherst David Morine did land acquisition for the Nature Conservancy. His work helped preserve thousands of acres throughout the US. Morine tells a story of a canoe trip down the Connecticut River with a friend from business school. He recounts meetings with strangers on whose kindness the two coots depended for nightly room and board and their increasingly irritating relationship in a canoe whose length seemed to shrink by a foot each day they traveled together. Not one to mince words, Morine's wry observations convey harsh insights about human effects on the river's shores. Despite their shared experience, Morine's companion didn't share the inner thoughts that led to his suicide a few months after they completed their river journey. With his straightforward style and distinctive voice, Morine has a gift for storytelling that brings the reader to the experience as if he or she were sitting beside him as it unfolds.