Escaping from the Blackfoot Indians who slaughtered his family, fifteen-year-old Jarel Wade runs into the storm. On the verge of death he's rescued by a pair of cantankerous old men as dangerous as the mountains off which they live. Taken under their wing, Jarel proves himself worthy of the trail, but something's coming; something far more sinister then anything he should have had to face. A former British Army officer is systematically exterminating the free trappers. He wants the fur trade all to himself, and he leads a pack of thieves and murderers who know the mountains as well as they know how to dig Jarel a grave.