Holly FitzGerald and her husband, Fitz - married less than two years - set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip, their plane crash-lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.
On a small, soon-ravaged raft that quickly becomes their entire universe through dangerous waters alive with deadly animals and fish, their only choice: to continue on despite the rush of insects swarming them by day, the sounds of encroaching predators at night. Without food or means of communication, with no one to hear their cries for help or on a search-and-rescue expedition to find them, the author and her husband make their way, fighting to conquer starvation and navigate the brute force of the river, their only hope for survival, in spite of hunger and weakening resolve, to somehow, miraculously, hang on and find their way east to a large riverside town - before it is too late.
"Both travel memoir and shocking adventure story, like a real-life Survivor or Naked and Afraid.... A powerful story about survival, love, and faith in the face of impossible odds.... Unputdownable...absolutely fascinating." (Katie Lawrence, Library Journal)
"Vivid and consistently compelling.... An absorbing tale of survival, love, and the generosity of people who helped save their lives." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A detailed, high-stakes debut memoir...FitzGerald weaves in the stories from their past with palpable, evocative details of their daily struggles with starvation, strong currents, and despair, all while the couple's love, self-knowledge, and faith deepen.... Recommended for fans of survival narratives, coming-of-maturity stories, and travelogues from off the beaten path." (Louisa Whitfield-Smith, Booklist)
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