PUBLISHED: 5:28 PM on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Alaskan family to be featured in documentary
Born in 1959 into a wealthy family, Billy Bryan Brown never knew hardship as he grew into his teens in North Richland Hills.

At the age of 14, he received a new ski boat for his birthday, a new Camaro at 15 and when he turned 16, his dad bought a new Beechcraft Bonanza and gave Billy, a licensed pilot, the family Cessna 172.

Very early in life Billy had become an award winning horse trainer, one of the country's youngest certified divers, and an accomplished musician working "gigs" throughout Texas.

At a young age, he had what appeared to be a very brilliant and rewarding future in his father's business in his structured and orderly world.

However, he soon learned that not everything remains the same forever, and that some of what life deals can create questions that seemingly can never be answered.

By the age of 17, Billy was an orphan living out of the back of his car, homeless and working day jobs to eat as he criss-crossed America over the next 10 plus years in a relentless, near maniacal search of something that was impossible for him to define.

In the mid eighties, still searching, Billy, his young wife Ami and two young sons, ages 3 years and 18 months found themselves, literally, standing on the dock in Wrangell, Alaska.

With little more than two sleeping bags, a tent and 13 dollars to their name, they were in awe of their surroundings, but somehow felt deep inside that they had just arrived home.

Their awe continued over the next few months as winter approached, while Billy worked labor jobs around town, as they continued to acquaint themselves with the enormity of their new and exciting world.

However, in the naivety of youth, and their ignorance of the Alaskan winters, they soon ended up stranded for 18 months on Mosman Island, which was initially terrifying, but, in Ami's words, became their "first taste of the wonder of freedom and the true value of family."

Once rescued and returned to Port Protection, they soon chose to continue their lives in the bush, and eventually, aboard fishing boats during the season, remained in Alaska and grew as a family to love the Alaskan ways.

Billy Bryan Brown has just authored a book about living 24 years in the wilderness of the last frontier, where he and his wife have raised a total of 7 children.

One Wave At A Time, published by Booklocker and VIP Publishing has been receiving rave reviews in the the lower 48, and film rights have been optioned for 2 feature films and a possible 4 part mini-series for television.

The Browns are returning to Alaska in early May from a book signing and speaking engagement tour in the lower 48, to once again venture into the bush to re-create the journey described in the book.

Accompanied by a professional camera crew, they will be filming this 57 day journey for a TV documentary to be aired nationally and internationally in early 2009.

When questioned about their trip down the West Coast, across the southern states and into the deep south, Billy simply said that it was "interesting and a great experience for the kids, but we all felt like fish out of water and we look forward to being back in the land we love so much."