[A] cascade of a story, colored by sun and water and driven by courage and determination ... It’s not just the story but the way it’s told that matters here. Unlike those old-time newspaper reporters, Sevigny does not look at her subjects and see women out of place. She sees women doing their job and doing it well.
As she brings both intriguing botanists vividly to life, Sevigny also captures the intensity of the expedition’s dangers and the seemingly miraculous ability of the scientists to collect and preserve 500 plant specimens, some new to science, under nearly impossible conditions while also doing all the cooking. A breath-catching, enlightening, and significant work of scientific, environmental, and women’s history.