Frederika and Otis Carney met at a lavish debut party in New Jersey. She was a young woman fresh out of boarding school, enamored of New York's symphonies and museums. He was a dashing ex-marine just returning to his studies at Princeton University after World War II. Their first dance led to an intense romance and decades of adventure. Thanks to Otis's writing career, the Carneys rubbed shoulders with great and powerful media giants, including Jack Webb and Louis de Rochement, who pioneered movie house newsreels. They lodged at the Pillsbury estate and were among the first given access to a new craze sweeping the country-personal computers. Frederika, in particular, found them fascinating. Despite Otis's success, however, the two always found time for their true calling-ranching cattle outside Tucson, Arizona. Frederika, a lifelong equestrienne, discovered true happiness on a good horse moving cattle from one pasture to another. From the bustling sophistication of New York to the simple rural life, Frederika and Otis Carney experienced it all. This is their story, told in Frederika's own words and compiled from letters detailing the couple's many adventures.
Frederika Carney and her husband Otis raised three sons while hobnobbing with cowboys and countesses. Once their sons were grown, the couple moved permanently to their cattle ranch outside of Tucson, Arizona. Carney's favorite activity throughout an eventful life has always been riding a good horse behind a herd of cattle, moving them from one pasture to another.