Wasn't sure I was going to like this book but I was a bit sad when it ended. Not only does Finkel tell us the story of Chris but the story of people over time who have chosen or been forced onto solitude. Possible reasons why people chose this path and the effects on different individuals. Tying this information into a story about a real person was enlightening. This is a well researched book where the scientific facts, community and protagonist are well explained in story fashion.