Miyax, like many adolescents, is torn. But unlike most, her choices may determine whether she lives or dies. At 13, an orphan, and unhappily married, Miyax runs away from her husband's parents' home, hoping to reach San Francisco and her pen pal. But she becomes lost in the vast Alaskan tundra, with no food, no shelter, and no idea which is the way to safety. Now, more than ever, she must look hard at who she really is. Is she Miyax, Eskimo girl of the old ways? Or is she Julie (her "gussak"-white people-name), the modernized teenager who must mock the traditional customs? And when a pack of wolves begins to accept her into their community, Miyax must learn to think like a wolf as well. If she trusts her Eskimo instincts, will she stand a chance of surviving?
"Miyax pushed back the hood of the sealskin parka and looked at the Arctic sun."
If you want to understand wolf or dog behavior, this is a great book for you. And adventure in Alaska about a young girl who ran away from a forced marriage only to find herself lost, without food and likely to die. Until she comes upon a wolf pack. She observes their ways, behaviors and learns how to survive.