Tom Thomson is the most famous non-member of the Canadian Group of Seven painters (aka Algonquin Painters). He actually died before the group was formally named, but has always been included. His early death occurred in wartime when many men his age and younger were losing their lives. His death at the age of thirty-nine has troubled many people as much for the mystery of the circumstances as for the tragedy of his brief passionate life. In this video based on the hand printed book by George A. Walker the images are sequenced and animated to give the viewer a silent film experience of the original book project about the life of Tom Thomson. Walker responds to the creative life of Thomson in the language Thomson spoke most eloquently, the grammar and vocabulary of pictures. Walker builds his wordless story by breaking down the story of Thomson into light and dark, the black and white of a picture text. The video contains all 109 wood engravings with an original soundtrack by Neil Exall and animation by Clem Hobbs and production assistance by Janice Walker.