Some years ago, we ran the Radium Springs Hotel in Radium Spring, New Mexico. It was 1976, I think. We didn't know what we were doing. A group of treasure hunters came through. They were looking for gold at Victorio Peak. They spent several nights, we served them breakfast and dinner. We talked. That was why, when Robert Boswell told us that he and David Schweidel had been researching the story of Victorio Peak and were looking for a publisher, we knew exactly what they were talking about. We understood the history and its importance in the peculiar, always unsettling, always miraculous history of the Southwest. This has been a particularly important book for us.