In this book, the author describes her relationship with
Joe Tasker, one of the more talented British climbers of the 1970s and 1980s.
Written to some degree as a cathartic gush following Tasker's fatal
disappearance on Mt. Everest, the book and the anguish brings home the often overlooked point of
view of the people who are left behind while the climbers reach for the
heights. This book also doubles as an adventure
travel book as Coffey follows in Tasker's footsteps up to about 19,000 feet
on Everest to understand more of what drove him to take the ultimate risk.
This book is the precursor to Coffey's later award-winning books on some of her personal