This book is both celebration and warning. Over twenty-five years of work with the tigers of Ranthambhore, the authors have observed the magnificent animal growing in number and gradually losing its fear of man. From being a shadowy, clusive, nocturnal animal, it began inching into daylight. Despite the progress, the authors warn, there is no room for self-congratulation or complacence as new threats have now begun to force the tiger back into the night. Documenting nearly twenty-five years of tiger-watching from the seventies to the present day, the authors eloquently and passionately argue for new and more radical initiatives to protect the animal, and, by extension, wilderness itself. Valmik Thapar and Fateh Singh Rathore have been in a unique position in that they have been able to record and observe families of tigers in one spot, over the years. Several of their observations and photographs have provided new insights into understanding wild tigers the world over. Through an introductory essay and through their remarkable photographs, the authors, illlustrate these insights.