"Tony Anderson set out in the summer of 1998 to walk through Georgia. He wanted particulary to visit the Georgian mountain tribes - Tush, Khevsurs, Ratchuelians and Svans - to discover if they shared a common mountain culture, and to test the old idea of the Caucasus as an impenetrable barrier from sea to sea. From Azerbaijan to Svaneti, Anderson found communities where the old customs and beliefs still triumphantly survive, despite years of Communist oppression and the terrible uncertaintiessince the collapse of the Soviet Union. Throughout his journey Anderson refers back to many other visits to Georgia, to the politics of indenpendence, to the war in Abkhazia and Ossetia, to the civil war and Shevardmadze's accession to power, to the history of these people at one of the great crossroads of the world. It remains an abiding mystery that Georgia has managed to survive at all, devestated time and again by the vagabond hordes from the steppes and torn between the mighty empires that struggled over it. But survive it has with a vibrant culture still intact and, in the mountains, still deeply connected to its ancient ways."