In 960, due to his father's misconduct, the young Eric fled his beloved Norway with his family. Eric and a few of his possessions were hastily thrown into their longboat, and his father and his followers set their sails for Iceland. Eric grew into a young adventuresome man, who, like most Vikings, was born with an incurable case of wanderlust. Eric was a daring and skillful seaman who journeyed far from home. He made numerous trips of discovery and soon attracted a following of explorers who sailed with him. He was a born leader and his long flaming red hair and red beard earned him the nickname of "Eric the Red." Eric's strong desire to be free and independent guided him across uncharted waters to discover Greenland. This is his story as told by Vargie Johnson. This novel is the fourth book in the series "What Made Them Famous?" which presents fact-based biographical fiction to older chldren.