This is not so much a travelogue of life in Alaska as a philosophical approach to the wilderness. The author's trout fishing becomes an example of the connections between man and nature: ``In spring when the ice goes, lake trout rise to the mouths of creeks to feed on graylings and other smaller fish, which eat the larvae of mosquitoes, who need our blood to mature their eggs, so larvae feed graylings and graylings feed the trout, which feed us, whose blood the mosquitoes need . . . . At the edge of the deep water he grabbed the lure. I set the hook and we were connected. Yes, we were connected by ten thousand years, we were connected by blood . . . .'' Recommended for informed laypersons who have an interest in philosophy of nature.-- Mary J. Nickum, Fish and Wildlife Reference Svce., Bethesda. Md.