It’s a survivor book. The 13 year old main character, Miyax orJulie (name given by her pen pal Amy from San Francisco), is lost on the frozen Alaskan tundra. She cunningly wins the friendship of wolves. Becoming an accepted member of the pack is the only way she can make the journey without a compass or setting sun to guide her. The personal tragedies that she has faced in her life and the relationships she forms with the animals compel one to keep reading.