This novel exposes the obsession that draws climbers away from civilization to test themselves against the most intimidating and inaccessible mountains in the world. Salter captures the adventure of Gary, a roofer of churches, who feels restrained by both conventions and flat ground. Unable to find happiness in his life, he travels to southern France to climb to the summits of the Alps. He finds peace and happiness within himself soon after. But when fellow climbers are trapped on the mountain, he makes a daring one-man rescue during a storm that brings him just the kind of attention he has always shunned. As the noted literary critic A. Alvarex has written, Solo Faces is "one of the few novels I have read which captures the genuine feel of climbing . . . Complex and sophisticated."