1972. A plane has crashed in the Andes mountains. The passengers are hopelessly lost in one of the most isolated places on earth.
Almost three months later, two of the survivors, emaciated and frozen, reach the authorities and lead a rescue team to the remaining fourteen passengers.
The rescue team are shocked when they reach the crash-site. Food supplies have long gone, and the remains of the dead lie scattered among the fuselage.
It is only too clear how these passengers have managed to stay alive ...
Piers Paul Read, the son of poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read, is the author of 13 novels and several short stories. He has received the Thomas More medal for distinguished contribution to Catholic literature for his book Alive. Read currently lives in London with his wife and four children.