As one third of the BBC's TOP GEAR team, Richard Hammond¡s year is one full of stunts and perils. He learns to ski cross-country and handle a dog-sled for a race to the North Pole. But whilst Richard endures the howling elements, Jeremy Clarkson and James May travel in the heated cab of an all-terrain vehicle. Richard gets the worst car as the team battles through the saltpans of Botswana. He names the car Oliver, falls in love with it, and brings it home. Then there is the surreal interlude in Bute, Montana, when Richard goes in pursuit of his eccentric hero, Evel Knievel... Richard describes his experiences about a life (and a job) with a keen eye for the irreverent and with boundless optimism.