On a cool September Sunday in 1956, John Clarke woke up at daybreak wanting to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. Being a single father, and not having arranged care for his four-old-son Gabriel that day, he decided to take the little guy on a hike into the Firewater gorge at The River. What transpired that morning would change the arc of Gabriel’s life forever and send him on a journey of self-discovery.
Gabriel Clarke was mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. From deep within, Gabriel’s passion for The River was undeniable. The rushing waters beckoned him to experience freedom and adventure.
But something was holding him back-the memory of the terrible event he witnessed on The River when he was just five years old-something no child should ever see.
Chains of fear and resentment imprisoned Gabriel, keeping him from discovering the treasures of The River. He couldn’t leave his past behind and remained trapped, afraid of the life awaiting him.
In this compelling story, Gabriel learns that letting go of the past means giving himself totally to The River-heart, mind, body, and soul.