This stunning combination of words and images introduces young readers to an endangered species. In the coastal wetlands of the southeastern United States, two red wolves search for a den. They stalk a small animal across a frozen marsh, only to discover the hard way that it's a skunk, with its own distinctive weapon for survival. The wolves' journey takes them too close to civilization, where a barking dog warns of danger; sure enough, they narrowly escape a farmer's shotgun. But nature is also dangerous: in the river, a pair of alligators are searching for food. The wolves make their way into the hills, settle into a safe, comfortable spot, and in the spring their pups are born.
In striking watercolor paintings brimming with vitality, Daniel San Souci evokes the beautiful strength of these fascinating animals and the majesty of their natural habitat. Jonathan London's sparing, lyrical text echoes the silent simplicity of the wolves themselves, and encourages readers to understand the dangers they face and the determination they must maintain in order to survive. An afterword explains that red wolves are an endangered species that have been extinct in the wild since 1980, but that wolves bred in captivity have since been released successfully to repopulate areas where they once roamed free.