A travel adventure not to be missed! Set against a backdrop of volcanoes and giant trees on New Zealand's North Island, This Dark Sheltering Forest recounts a family's scientific research and travel adventure of a lifetime. Amid downpours and summer heat, the Nams dodge danger on muddy, pitted tracks as they trap stoats on the Central Volcanic Plateau. Long hours in the outdoors introduce the kids to the challenges of field research, and the entire family to the lush, cluttered beauty of a New Zealand rainforest. During time off, the family foursome treks over an active volcano, snorkels among electric-blue fishes, walks among some of the world's most endangered birds, and explores a gaudy wonderland that rests of the fiery guts of the earth. This Dark Sheltering Forest is Book 2 of the New Zealand travel adventure trilogy, Cry of the Kiwi: A Family's New Zealand Adventure.