The national bestseller, for fans of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z: the unforgettable true story of Christopher Knight, who found refuge from the pressures of modern society by living alone in the Maine woods for twenty-seven years.
In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and stave off frostbite during the harsh winters. A former alarm technician, he stealthily broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material, and camping supplies, taking only what he needed but sowing unease in a community now plagued by mysterious burglaries. Encouched in solitude, he developed an extraordinary attention span and found pleasure in watching the ground fog collect in the valley. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a gripping account of the why and how of his secluded life—as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life—and a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live his own way.