BACK COVER COPY FOR WILD ANIMUSIn the summer of 1969, a disillusioned Berkeley graduate leaves behind a worldof protests and riots to follow a wild, inner calling of his own. Sam Altman is anintense, passionate young man, a musician and “day-tripper,” full of an amazinganimal-like energy matched only by a fantastical sense of the world and his freedimagination. His journey to heed this call will lead him first to Seattle and thenfarther north, to the remote Alaskan wilderness.Sam has fallen deeply in love with the mysterious and powerful Lindy, a youngwoman who understands him and his quest, and who will do anything to helphim realize his dreams—no matter how bizarre or dangerous. Driven byhallucinatory trips alone in the wilderness and an intense need to discover hisinnermost self, Sam, who has renamed himself Ramson, slowly transformshimself into a ram and finds himself relentlessly chased by a pack of strangelyfamiliar wolves.When Sam and Lindy climb the perilous Mount Wrangell alone together, whatthey discover there threatens their love for one another as well as their very lives.Sam’s determination to realize his heartfelt desires brings him to the icy summitof the deadly mountain and to the blurry edges of his own sanity.Wild Animus is the story of one man’s obsession to meld his secret, internallongings with his love of the natural world in an experiment in primordialexistence—the results of which he cannot entirely control. This is a story ofpassions gone wild, of love and sacrifice, of finding your breaking point and thewillingness to go just one step further. Wild Animus asks: How far is too far?