Actor Charlton Heston reads "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," a short story by Ernest Hemingway originally published in 1938. The story takes place in Africa, which Hemingway knew and enjoyed visiting as a big game hunter. As the scene opens, Harry, a writer, is stranded with his wife and their safari party in the African bush. Their truck has broken down and Harry's leg has developed gangrene which grows progressively worse.
Throughout the story, Harry recalls scenes from his past. The scenes Hemingway describes clearly stem from his own life; he spent summers as a child in the wilderness of upper Michigan, was wounded and decorated for bravery during the First World War, and lived in Paris between the wars. The story's theme of a writer struggling with his talent resembles Hemingway's own struggles and self-questionings.
Charlton Heston won an Academy Award in 1959 for his performance in the title role of "Ben-Hur." The story is presented in four segments and has been edited for length.