Nature writer Allan Casey visits 10 lakes, to meet the people who live and work on them, and assess how the lakes have changed over time. The result is a book both passionate about what is being done to the environment and entertaining in its observations about our Canadian society. Especially prominent is the tension between residents and cottagers. One resident wonders "How there got to be so many people who can afford million dollar vacation homes to sleep in 20 nights a year." The theme that binds these visits is that our love of our lakes also endangers them. One local is quoted saying, "Newcomers think it's beautiful here. They don't know how beautiful it used to be".