The book is a story about a group of people who work at a local radio station in Yellowknife NWT in the mid '70's. It spends a long time developing and exploring the characters and their relationships and there are several plots and sub-plots. The story pivots around a canoe trip on the Thelon River, taken by 4 of the characters who want to follow in the footsteps of the failed Hornby expedition of 1927. The trip changes their lives forever.

It isn't really a book about canoeing, or even about the Thelon trip, but it is a good read (or will be for some and not for others) and there is the canoeing connection.