Wildlife biologist and back-country enthusiast Dr. Alex Carter has been slowly suffocating at her office job in Boston, a city she reluctantly moved to to placate a demanding boyfriend. When she is offered a job living and working on a nature preserve in rural Montana, she jumps at the chance.
In just a matter of days she knows she has made the right choice. Being back in the mountains, with only the plants and animals to keep her company, is delightful; and her work tracking elusive wolverines to determine the health of the population is thrilling and meaningful.
The only drawback is the hostile welcome she has received from local hunters, ranchers, and other conservative neighbors who hate to see valuable land set aside as a nature preserve. When their verbal threats have no effect on Alex’s commitment to her research, things take a dark turn and suddenly she is being run off the road, threatened at her lodgings, and tracked in the woods.
The harder the locals try to run her off, the deeper Alex digs in her heels knowing that returning the mountain to the animals that need it to survive is what is best. As it turns out, the locals do not like being told no by anyone, especially a woman. Suddenly it is not only the animals who need to survive on the mountain, but Alex as well.
For a first novel, and a first book in a series, this was not bad but it was clumsy and awkward in several places. With some work, Alex Carter might really become a fantastic character: wildlife warrior and mystery solver extraordinaire.