I'm almost done with this book. It rells the seperate stories of 2 trappers from the early 1800's. The chapters alternate between the two stories. The tale of John Colter is set in 1808 and it tells of his run ins with Native Americans, both as friends and Foes. The other is about Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a bear and literally crawled over 100 miles after he was left for dead by his comerades. He woke up beside the open grave they'd dug beside him, pissed in it, then started to crawl. The mentality of the times is captured well-Hugh was thinking as he crawled about how it was nothing more than greed that got him into his predicament. Greed back in England for his beaver pelts, and greed on his part to go get those pelts until the animals were all gone. He was trapping when he was mauled. Colter ran with Lewis and Clark and they appear frequently in memories and flashbacks. It's an excellent book, and I recommend it highly. It gets a little weird in the midle but then gets back to normal. Copyright is 1994. A friend picked up the book at the Salvation Army store and is letting me borrow it.