Blizzards, tundra, Eskimos, bush pilots, and bingo-loving
grandmas enliven this literate ethnic mystery starring Alaska State
Trooper Nathan Active, who has been assigned to the remote Arctic
town of Chukchi. Though born an Inupiat Eskimo, Active was raised
in Anchorage by white parents and has little knowledge of his
native culture. During the long months he has spent in Chukchi, he
has rallied against the icy weather and struggled to understand his
two cultural identities, but he realizes how deeply he has been
settling into the rhythms of community life when Grace Palmer, a
local beauty queen, goes missing. The state trooper mounts a search
that ultimately leads him halfway across Alaska--and gives him
plenty of time to discover he is in love with Grace. Closing in on
the answers, however, he discovers evidence that points to an
agonizing situation: she is either dead, or she is a cold-blooded
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