William F. Stark was a Dartmouth student studying in Switzerland when he left for the windjammer Pamir in Australia. En route to meet the ship, he had a passionate love affair with Yvette, a beautiful young Frenchwoman, whom he was forced to bid adieu. Stark committed suicide in 2003, just weeks after arrangements for his book's publication were made. His son, Peter Stark, contributes to Outside magazine and has written numerous other books. His Introduction and In Memoriam in this book honor his father's courage and adventurous life. He lives in Montana.