This is the first-hand account of Margret Wittment, who settled the island of Floreana in the Galapagos--600 miles from the mainland of Ecuador. It took Wittmer and her family weeks to travel to the island in 1932; they battled with the tides for three full days before they could land.
Wittmer and her husband left their home and family in Europe behind, seeking a new life in a place as-yet-untouched by civilization. Their first home was a cove previously abandoned by pirates not yet as intrepid as the Wittmers. They planted their first garden, only to find it torn up continuously by wild boars.
Five months pregnant when she arrived, Wittmer found the beauty of the tropical island constantly tempered by the traumas of attempting everyday life in a wild and lonely spot. From the mysterious disappearance of other settlers, to a visit from Thor Heyerdahl, the 56 years recalled in in this memoir are full of exotic adventures and the joys and tragedies of a lifetime.
[adapted from the cover]