>"Log Book: Instrument flying. Slow descent, first. Going down fast. It takes a lot to make my ears hurt. Five thousand now. Awfully wet. Water dripping in window. Port motor coughing. Sounds as if all motors were cutting. Bill opens her wide to try to clear. Sounds rotten on the right...." This true-life adventure story is Amelia Earhart's personal account of an historic flight.
A famous naturalist and his photographer wife explore China in 1916, a medieval country torn apart by revolution, the Japanese military, and the onset of World War I. Their goal was to shoot, trap, collect and photograph native animals for display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Traveling by mule train, they find themselves in conflict with the brutal treatment of Chinese women, the Government, the elements, and a closed civilization, controlled by the past.