by Michael LaLumiere
Thousands of years ago, the volcanic peak of Mount Mazama erupted and fell back into itself, creating a giant crater that slowly filled with rain and melting snow to become one of the deepest, bluest lakes in the world. In the summer of 1975, Sam Hunter thinks he has won the lottery when he lands a high-paying job as a seasonal maintenance worker at beautiful Crater Lake National Park. The work won’t be glamorous, so he plans to hunker down, make next year’s college tuition and maybe read a few good books in his spare time. But when he reports for his first day of work in the middle of a June blizzard and finds the cabin he’ll live in under a snowbank, Sam is pretty sure it won’t be the uneventful summer he planned. By midsummer, greed, selfishness and an antiquated sewer system combine forces to shut down Crater Lake – the first time a U. S. National Park has ever closed. Amidst finger-pointing, conspiracy theories and shared, tragic secrets, Sam sees what people value the most, and what they will do to protect it. Finally, Sam must decide whether or not to help a friend, even if it means leaving his safe role as observer and putting his life in danger. In this novel set against the backdrop of actual events, Sam shares his funny, poignant, and often unbelievable tale of “how he spent his summer” with a keen, self-deprecating wit and straight-as-an-arrow insight into what makes people – and a National Park -- tick.Based on a true story.