top of page

Winner of the inaugural New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series Competition

“Peter Fong’s novel of trouble in paradise is vivid, deft, and absorbing from the get-go. The bluest water has its sharks, and Fong knows where they lurk.” —Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover, My Russian, One Sweet Quarrel, and Rima in the Weeds


“A tense and gripping romance simmering in a South Florida pressure cooker of infertility, infidelity, burned out fishing guides, faded football players, and the unsavory back paddocks of for-profit horse racing.” —James R. Babb, editor of Gray’s Sporting Journal


"Wow. Once we started reading we couldn't put it down! It's a great story . . . about love, and choices, and – for anyone not here at the time – a vivid chronicle of life in South Florida in the mid to late 1990s."—Dawne Richards, editor of Pompano Today


​In this one-of-a-kind book, award-winning author Peter W. Fong tells the story of a thousand-mile journey by horse, camel, kayak, and rowboat from the headwaters of Mongolia's Selenge River to Russia's Lake Baikal.


It's about the fish and wildlife that call the river home. About the personal risks of prolonged flooding and sudden snowstorms. About the human history of the region, from the Bronze Age to the fall of the Soviet Union. About the people who live in the basin now—from nomadic herders to construction engineers—and their attitudes toward development and conservation. About the old gods and legends that haunt the mountains. About the strangers and friends who joined him along the way—on foot, on horseback, or at the oars. And about the disparate possible futures for one of the most starkly beautiful places on earth.

bottom of page