A Westport woman has released a new, nonfiction book about how a young man found inspiration more than 50 years ago working with Dr. Albert Schweitzer in West Africa.

"Against the Current: How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man's Journey" was self-published by Rindy Higgins and is available online in paperback, according to a news release.

The book tells the story of the author's cousin, Mark Higgins, who took a gap year after graduating from prep school and won a one-year assignment working for the legendary missionary at a medical center in the West African jungle.

The account is set against the backdrop of African colonies that had just won their independence. It recounts the circumstances that brought Higgins to Africa and his role as a medical technician working with cardiologists who identified the causes of heart disease among natives, according to the release.

The author visited West Africa earlier this year to complete research on the book. Its release coincides with the 50th anniversary of Schweitzer's death and the 75th anniversary of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program's founding.

The book is available online at www.OakhamPress-AgainstTheCurrent.com.