Thirteen-year-old Kathleen Camille (Kasey) Mackenzie faces challenges in Alaska that will require all the strength and courage she can muster. She is forced to struggle with everything from a dress-stealing bear to a killer storm. The unthinkable happens: the death of her beloved father in a mining accident. Her mother had died two years earlier. Now she's alone in Alaska, but only until her grandmother comes to rescue her--whether she wants rescuing or not. Though mature beyond her years, Kasey is far from perfect. She can't quite control a wide stubborn streak and alienates two of the people she loves most. Her strong will might help find everything she longs for—or it could be her undoing.