From the publisher:
"Interweaving tales of solitary seekers, back-to-the-land families, and crackpot sourdoughs, Cold Mountain Path unfolds a deeply American tale of renunciation and renewal stretching for half a century—from the day the last copper train left the Kennecott mines during the Great Depression to the creation of America's largest national park in the 1980s. The ghost town comes to stand for everything left behind in the nation's drive for progress and expansion. The book mines rich veins of Alaskana, combining at once a rollicking character-rich local history, a serious study of old frontier thinking in collision with modern environmental values, a lyrical exploration of loss and time and impermanence, and—in its final third—a pulsating true-crime account of the 1983 mass shooting that brought Alaska's ghost town decades to an end.
Kizzia's meticulously researched account is also personal, as his own ties to the contrarian and self-reliant "hermit kingdom" reach back to the time of the mail day murders. Cold Mountain Path tells the stories of settlers drawn to the sublime silence of a town hidden in the snows of the past—including the gun-toting recluse who hated his neighbors for disturbing pristine nature."