In the future frozen country of the Trappers, books are hand-copied so that knowledge may be preserved, but the technology described is mostly lost to these fur-clad hunters. When invaders slaughter most of the Trappers, the small band of survivors heads south, led by a man few of them trust. Holding the remnants of her people together is Doctor Cantania Olsen. The journey into the warm lands will change her; mind, heart and soul. She will gain and lose a love, see great wisdom and greater folly, witness amazing miracles and terrifying sicnece, and, most surprising to herself, become a mother. Finally she will have to choose between her people and her freedom.
Mitchell Smith is the author of critically-acclaimed novels of suspense, including "Reprisal, Sacrifice, "and" Karma." His evocations of the natural world and of human nature, as in" Due North," earned him a devoted readership. Smith has also written a trilogy of near-future, post-apocalpytic novels which illuminate what the Earth might be like after the next Ice Age: "Snowfall, Kingdom River, " and" Moonrise." Smith and his family live in Washington state.