In a fraction of a second at 5:05 p.m. on January 7, 1984, the sleepy Appalachian berg of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania lost a promise: one boy gone, another left behind and the rearranged topography of a moment frozen in time.

Verse and vision combine in The Snow Inside Me, a thought-provoking six-part memoir about a man’s unknowing journey to overcome a long-ago winter day. Stemming the mountains of Pennsylvania, Colorado, Idaho and the unspoiled vastness in between, the story is equal parts poetry, meditation and forward-driving narrative and incorporates the landscape as a powerful character of its own. It’s a tale of fear and courage, friendship and loss, misfortune and adventure. And, ultimately, it’s a story about love.