In the story, Miyax is described as a 'classic Eskimo beauty' with a round face, a flat nose, and slanting, black eyes. Her pale beauty is juxtaposed against that of the forbidding white plains of the tundra. Although she is 'delicately wired' and small-boned, Miyax's body is strong. Her compact build helps her conserve heat in the unforgiving Arctic environment.
When we meet her, she is on her stomach trying to get the attention of the leader of a wild pack of wolves. She is hungry and needs to eat, and the wolves seem to be her only way out. Inspired by the experience of her father, Kapugen, Miyax thinks that she can communicate with the wolves and that they will lead her to a food source before she starves to death.