From the sky over the rainforest, flocks of birds settle into perches on tree limbs. To the jaguar, hidden in the tall grasses, the innumerable birds look like flower blossoms of pink, orange and white. But the jaguar is unaware that as he stalks through the rainforest on his daily hunt, another figure hunts him. That figure is a local rancher who fears for the safety of his grazing cattle herd, and who after spotting the jaguar's tracks, now follows his trail with rifle in hand. The jaguar fights off many potential enemies piranhas, an anaconda, a crocodile until he finds a howler monkey that has fallen from the trees. The jaguar's search for food is over, and he lets down his guard just as the rancher finds him cooling off in a small pool. The rancher prepares to fire, but his thoughts are overcome by how many of the wild cats have already been ruthlessly, needlessly hunted down by other men like himself, and he is stopped by the sudden apparition of the jaguar's ancestral guardian spirit a giant, raging cat that fills the sky above him. From cover to cover, Helen Cowcher captures the mystery and danger of the jaguar's life deep in the South American rainforest. Her illustrations are lush and evocative while at the back of her book she includes facts about jaguar habitat and behavior, along with contact information for environmental groups like the Rainforest Action Network. The simple story of two hunts, one, the jaguar's, and the other, man's, expresses that between man and animal, perhaps the greatest instinct they share is their will to survive.