The author of this extraordinary true story is a gifted wildlife photographer and nature writer living in Alaska. Nick Jans seeks to tell the story of the black wolf with accuracy, equanimity, and forthrightness. But his love for the wild creature who befriended his dogs and those of other residents of Juneau, and even forged relationships with some humans, is as deep as the Alaskan winter snow.
The story began one afternoon when Jans was skiing on the frozen Mendenhall Lake and spotted the unmistakable tracks of a wolf. In the ensuing days, he finally met the enormous lone male wolf, whom his wife later nicknamed Romeo, and began the now legendary years of interaction between the wild and the so-called civilized.
As Jans notes, and as anyone who cares about wildlife understands, wolves have had the short end of humanities' stick for centuries, being blamed for destruction they have not caused, and feared for violence they would not commit. The malignancy of wolf hatred has not abated. Even a vice-presidential contender bragged of her support of aerial wolf hunting, and Alaska in particular has defended the rights of hunters to eradicate competing predators, i.e., wolves and bears. Biologists overall have concluded that such intrusion will not have the desired effect, but that doesn't stop the bloodlust.