A vivid account of the epic campaign undertaken by the first members of the illustrious Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Responding to a government advertisement appealing to competent horsemen to enlist in a newly formed police force, a motley group of approximately 150 volunteers from diverse backgrounds assembled in Toronto in 1874. Initially called the North-West Mounted Police, this group was charged with the responsibility of marching 900 miles into unsettled territory in order to pacify the Indians, halt the whiskey trade, police the Canadian border, and bring the force of law and justice to bear in a heretofore lawless land. Subsequently dubbed the "Great March, " this arduous trek across the hostile terrain of the vast Canadian wilderness was accomplished despite a lack of adequate supplies and equipment. A riveting historical chronicle based upon the diaries and the firsthand accounts of 13 men who participated in this seemingly impossible journey.