This book introduced me to a pastime I knew nothing about, building a trusting relationship with a wild falcon pet. Over and over Rebecca O'Connor had to risk letting her beloved bird fly free in order to train it to work together with her as a hunting partner--a process of muddy, out-of-breath, heart-racing trial and error and steadfast perseverance. As a vegetarian I was surprisingly moved and fascinated. O'Connor has a love and respect for animals, both predator and prey, not too far from my own vaguely held beliefs. The evolving relationships O'Connor has with her mother and boyfriend also add to her story.