This book tells the story of the wild pigeon, which at one point lived in flocks in North America. The flocks protected the birds from the sun, until their numbers diminished and they disappeared like the mammoth or dodo bird, a symbol of extinction, after area residents hunted them. The publication of this book coincides with the 100 year anniversary of the death of Martha, the last pigeon of its kind, which lived in one of the aviaries of the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. Fuller's work nostalgically celebrates the memory of a bird which played an important role in the American environment, and its extinction indicates some living creatures' susceptibility to human tampering with nature. The book is rich with important references to articles and specialised journals. New Scientist magazine said that through the volume's methods and pictures, it provides a precise and beautiful narrative of the rise and fall of this bird.