Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. ...the complexities of fly fishing, logging, fighting forest fires, playing cribbage, and being a husband, a son, and a father.
Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father's films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction.