Following Atticus: Forty Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship tells the story of Tom Ryan's adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a miniature schnauzer of some distinction. . Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough as nails newspaperman to the world's beauty and its possibilities. Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to a close friend who died of cancer by attempting to climb all forty eight of New Hampshires four thousand foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. Tom was middle aged, overweight, and acrophobic a fear of high places. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading Tom and Atticus across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog. Paperback, 304 pages. Published by William Morrow Paperbacks, August 2012. Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 in.