It's 1897. Swept up in the great Klondike gold rush, Hetty McKinley sails north with Papa and her dashing Uncle Donall. Landing in Alaska, Hetty feels excitement in the air. But as the McKinleys trek the rugged trail inland to Chilkoot Pass, their adventure turns grim. Winter descends, and Hetty discovers she is traveling with thieves . . . one of whom may be her own uncle. By the time she unveils the truth, Hetty and her family have been changed forever by their journey to the far north.