YOUR INVITATION . . . to step back in time and spend four months on the frontier of Western New York State with three men born into an era when there was still land in the United States to explore. It is a story of men who lived with danger, and whose daily lives were a gamble with death. . . . to accompany the large-hearted Othello Church, a romantic adventurer with the desire to explore, hunt and trap in a sparsely settled, but game-rich area during the winter of 1809-1810. . . . to share the experiences, concerns and fears of Abel Beebe and Joel Fisher, as the cold winter and Native Americans taught them about facing challenges at every turn.where thoughts of their mortality awaited their arrival just over each rise and behind every tree.