With their towering spruces and cedars, verdant groundcover and cloaks of mist, the temperate rainforests of North America have long been a source of wonder and awe. Rainforest captures the mystery and the majesty of these ancient forests. In his eloquent essay, Wade Davis describes the conditions that make these rainforests unique on the planet. The giant conifers form the basis of one of the richest ecosystems in the world, where salmon and eagles proliferate, squirrels fly, fungi crawl, and creatures live on the dew in the canopy of the forest and never touch the ground. Davis also discusses the role of the rainforest in Native culture and mourns the loss of much of this ancient forest through overcutting and other short-sighted forestry practices.