Jagged cliffs crash to lonely beaches and redwoods mirror undersea forests. Big Sur's California wilderness throbs with a raw pulse that may be the greatest meeting of land and sea on our planet. Its beauty is also lethal. Ruthless waves surge over submarine battles, and peaceful meadows spawn tawny predators. The most sublime sunsets are born after devastating forest fires. Sea otters, sea lions, cougars, coyotes as well as rare California condors are only some of the charismatic creatures that inhabit secret Big Sur. In every habitat, survival means sacrifice, because life and death share a single heartbeat.