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It is a prominent object of this volume to bring to light the wild adventures of the pioneers of this continent, in
the solitudes of the mountains, the prairies and the forests; often amidst hostile Indians, and far away from the
restraints and protection of civilization. This strange, weird-like life is rapidly passing away, before the
progress of population, railroads and steamboats. But it is desirable that the memory of it should not drift into
The present work is the outcome of two lines of study pursued, with more or less interruption from other
studies, for about thirty years. It will be observed that the book has two themes, as different in character as the
themes for voice and piano in Schubert's "Frühlingsglaube," and yet so closely related that the one is needful
for an adequate comprehension of the other.
Well, what do you think of it, Mark?" asked Jack Darrow, as he laid
aside a portion of a newspaper, covered with strange printed characters.
"Great; isn't it?"
"You don't mean to tell me that you believe that preposterous story, do
you, Jack?" And Mark Sampson looked across the table at his companion
in some astonishment.
"Oh, I don't know; it may be true," went on Jack, again picking up the
paper and gazing thoughtfully at it. "I wish it was."
"But think of it!" exclaimed Mark.
On a remote asteroid a garrison of human explorers/colonizers is gradually succumbing to a strange psychological condition: one by one people start believing that they had become plants. A psychiatrist is assigned to work with these unusual cases, and based on the reports that he hears decides to visit the asteroid. There he searches for the ultimate cause of the underlying "psychosis", but it may be that the psychological state is just a reflection of some underlying and disturbing reality.