But on the second day, they are attacked, rescued, and further terrorized.
With no one to help them, they take matters into their own heads, resulting in a legal and moral crisis.
This is the scenario of James Dickey's novel Deliverance.
It is a story of survival and suspense and ambiguity and self-doubt; of the power of nature; and the brutality of man.
Dickey does a masterful job shifting between descriptions of the power and beauty of nature and building tension within the story.
I read the book in a single sitting. By the end of the it, I was emotionally drained. Dickey is known mostly as a poet, but this novel takes us on a dark and deadly journey that is impossible to forget. The attack in the book became one the most memorable scenes in movie history, when John Boorman turned the novel into a movie 2 years later.
Set aside some time to read this novel and ask yourself: What would you do in these circumstances?