Living alone with his state-ranger mother in Thermopolis, Wyoming, young Nick yearns to know what's become of his father who abandoned the family for the oil fields of Alaska. Not far away on the Shoshone Reservation in the Wind River Mountains, an equally youthful Robert Toy too lives alone with his mother in a tarpaper shack; he too wonders and worries about his rodeo-riding father who left the family for the gas fields of Rock Springs and never returned. A chance encounter at a basketball game brings serious trouble for both boys, and soon they find themselves running from the law into the high mountains in late fall, a time the Cheyenne call the moon when water freezes.
Pursued by the county Sheriff, one lonely white boy and one angry Indian youth set off to Alaska on a desperate search for self-knowledge. Little do they know that a dangerous car accident and a major fall snowstorm will conspire to bring them face to face with the phantom figure of Parker Wise, an "old ways" Shoshone Indian who hunts elk from horseback. This small group in near white-out conditions---an old ways Indian, two lonely teenage boys, a big riding horse named Mystery Dog, and two mules, Crooke and Custer, head off to "above the tree line", where their intertwined lives collide with the necessity to survive, a confrontation with death, and the possibility of love and companionship.
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About the Author
After twenty-five years of non-stop work, Dold has, since 2006, taken time off to travel and write five books, including novels, a memoir, and a YA that takes place in Wyoming. At present he continues researching non-fiction books about fly fishing on the old Mountain Man rendezvous sites and along the Continental Divide, writing science fiction, and is busy on a new fiction suspense novel about dream research
These days, Dold is at home on the southern prairie. He is an adept fly fisherman, an ardent gardener and an amateur pianist and guitarist. He rides horses poorly and loves dogs. He continues to travel widely in the Caribbean, the south Pacific and the western Rockies.