The River Themes

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True Survival versus Role Playing

Brian is asked to return to the wilderness and reenact his survival after the plane crash that left him alone in the woods for fifty-four days. Brian agrees, but he soon gets the impression that Derek, the psychologist traveling with him, does not get the true spirit of the experiment. Brian insists that Derek leave behind all the equipment he brought, leaving them with only an emergency radio, a briefcase, and the items in their pockets. At first this seems to make the experiment more real to Brian, but soon it seems too comfortable.

Brian tells Derek the only way to really teach survival is to put a person in a real life or death situation. However, Derek insists this is impossible, but finds Brian's opinion fascinating. Brian will live to regret what he has said because that very night Derek will be struck...

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