With detailed historical accuracy, Lorina Ewing traces the rapid expansion of Nome from a gold-laden beach lined with canvas tents to a bustling community of 16,000 miners, merchants, and townspeople. Corruption and conspiracy are woven into a tapestry of the daily struggle for survival in the Arctic. Mandy's journal entries reveal poignant conflict between a very profitable business venture and her quest for dignity. Her character takes flight from a harsh existence through her growing love of the mysterious Alaskan landscape and a sensual relationship with Alex, another "soiled dove". Escape is also discovered with four miners, each providing their own unique treasures. This novel paints a vivid image of life on the last frontier and encourages the reader to question what lessons can be learned from history.