Alaska, with its vast wilderness and wildlife, is no place for city girl Haley Walsh. Yet she finds herself in just such a place, not only photographing renowned bear lover Kip Nowak as he shoots another documentary, but also coming to terms with her painful past.

Along for the journey is Haley's elderly grandmother, a well-known author, and the production crew. Assisting is local resident and bear biologist Tank Lassiter. The little group is in for a rough ride as Kip refuses to heed Tank's knowledge and advice while Haley seems to be a victim of criminal intent. Will they survive the 12 weeks and finish the job, or will someone finish it for them?

Although the book shows Coble did ample bear and locale research, the story is hindered by a lack of credibility concerning two characters. However, the author's skill as a storyteller draws the reader into the lives of the hero and heroine. (Mar., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston