The lot of the one left behind is ever the harder. Because of that--because she as my partner in everything shared with me the burden of the work recorded in these pages--this book is dedicated to my wife "CHEEKY"
"What a story!" (Prologue)
When Diego Alvarez struggled landwards through the Atlantic swell in a welter of wreckage from the disintegrating caravel, it was to land, exhausted, on a shore absolutely unknown to this sixteenth-century Portuguese.
On the contrary, her practical help and constant encouragement have been big factors in the successes so far gained, and if I win in the end the triumph will be largely due to her.
Presents the British colonel's description of his exploration of Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru in the early part of the twentieth century, until his disappearance in the Amazon in 1925 while searching for the "Lost City of Z."