Welcome to North Pole, Alaska, where the Christmas Spirit lives all year long.
After Vivian Pukajaak’s parents were killed in a whaling accident, she wanted nothing more to do with the traditional Inupiat ways her family held dear. She’s made a good life in North Pole living with her sister, working as the police dispatcher, but she’d like a modern-thinking husband and a family of her own. Unfortunately, in such a small town, it seems like every guy she might consider has recently fallen in love.
Anik, famous Inupiat artist and expert on tribal culture, is invited to North Pole to do sensitivity training for the school system. He returns reluctantly to the town he fled after high school, hoping he won’t be recognized as Abram Silaluk, the bullied fat geek who had a serious crush on Vivian Pukajaak. Over time, he finds the town isn’t the hellhole he remembered, but he’s dismayed to discover his feelings for Vivian—a woman who rejects the heritage that guides his life—haven’t changed.
In spite of his secret and her troubled past, Vivian and Anik are drawn to each other. With North Pole going Halloween-crazy all around them, can they put their ghosts to rest? Or will heartbreak and mistrust keep them forever apart?