James Bartleman, Ontario's first Aboriginal lieutenant governor, looks back over seventy years to his childhood and youth to describe how learning to read at an early age led him to dream dreams, empowering him to serve his country as an ambassador. In time, Bartleman's exciting and fulfilling career as a Canadian diplomat took him to a dozen countries around the world, from Bangladesh to Cuba, and from Australia to South Africa. After a vicious beating in a hotel room robbery in South Africa, however, he was forced to come to terms with a deepening depression. In the end, Bartleman found new meaning in life when he became the Queen's representative in Ontario and mobilized the public to support his initiatives championing books and education for First Nations children. Book includes black and white archival photographs, colour images, and a helpful index.