In a nutshell, the story is about an Eskimo girl (Julie Edward) who runs away from an arranged marriage. Her initial plan is to end up in San Francisco to live with a pen pal of hers, but she gets lots. Really lost and winds up far away from any village or civilization of any kind. The winter is approaching, and she must find a way to survive using her knowledge of traditional Eskimo skills. With that, her shear determinism, knowledge of how to "read" nature, and a little help from a pack of wolves, Julie survives. She decides to head toward civilization again. Along the way she discovers that her father is still alive, but he has abandoned the traditional life of Eskimos. Disgusted, she runs away again. Her bird friend Tornait dies. Julie returns to live with her father.