Bees are big business. Without bees, you can say goodbye to our plentiful supply of almonds, cherries, and other blooming fruits. But being a beekeeper is heroic and tragic work. Bees, now a completely domesticated species, are prey to viruses and fungi and the mysterious devastation of Colony Collapse Disorder. Some are calling bees the environmental canary in the coal mine. Filled with surprising insights into the life cycle of the honey bee, The Beekeeper’s Lament follows a third generation beekeeper through a year of herculean and loving labor to keep his hives alive.