Their names are a part of Alaska's history-"Wild Bill" Shannon, Seppala, Evans, Nollner, McCarty, Olson, Rohn, Kaasen and their dedicated companions like Togo and Balto. These are the heroes who traveled 600 miles in five days to save Nome's children from "Black Death." Many years later, a persistent dreamer named Joe Redington created the toughest race in the world, a 1,000-mile trek through nature's most impressive elements-the Iditarod. Among those who chose to challenge blinding snow, collapsing rivers, sub zero temperatures, and hungry wildlife was Susan Butcher, now known as a top Iditarod champion. These individuals are at the heart of the Iditarod, a haunting name which conjures images of adventure, danger, mist-covered trails, wilderness, mountains, and encounters with the past." (p.13) Their stories will inspire any reader to be the best he or she can be.