Sloan is a hunter.
So she shouldn't be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight - it makes her too scared to be on her own.
When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she's already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn't stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that's tied there - their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.
But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That's when the wolves start hunting them. . . .
In this stark and terrifying tale of survival in the wilderness, a group of children and adults makes its way through the unforgiving Alaskan wilds while being stalked by ravenous wolves. Twelve-year-old Sloan Reilly has been terrified of being alone ever since she partially lost her hearing in a blizzard; when her family leaves her behind for a day, it's supposed to give Sloan an opportunity to rediscover her independence and self-sufficiency. Instead, a vicious storm and a grievous accident force Sloan and the last few people remaining in her small town to abandon their shelter and make for proper civilization. But not everyone can be trusted; one by one, they fall prey to dangers inside and outside their group. Scott (Titans) offers up a bone-shivering, unrelenting story about the will to succeed against all odds, where the horror comes from within and without, and from human and nonhuman predators alike. It's a fast-paced adventure, and although the material may be a bit too grim for more sensitive readers, it'll stick with them long after it's over. Ages 8 12.