After "Outside" magazine asked him to write an article about climbing Mt. Everest, Jon Krakauer decided to make the climb himself. The experience was very difficult, but Krakauer was successful. The same was not true for several other people on the climb who lost their lives on Mt. Everest. Every so often people encounter incredible situations that only the most courageous individuals can triumph over. The books in this series celebrate the human spirit and provide the true stories of people who faced impossible conditions and survived.