I went to the woods because
I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and
see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.
Professor Daniel Whaley abandons his position at The University of Wisconsin,
leaves his wife, and isolates himself on a mountain in southwestern Pennsylvania
it appears to be an act of desperation. Events that envelop him, during his
one year tenure on Hemlock Knob, suggest that the professor has been pulled
toward a fate that long awaited him.