“I put two books under the back of my head as a pillow and cover my face with the third one. Involuntarily my eyes close and my breath becomes slow and deep.”

“Yes, a ladder! It’ll be amazing, Harald—the tallest ladder you’ve ever seen! Not just the tallest ladder in Oregon Country—possibly the tallest ladder in the entire world! And not just a ladder—a piece of art! Can’t you picture it?”