Ulaq, a winsome white arctic fox, wonders about the northern lights in this original tale woven of a variety of Eskimo and Native American motifs. Various animals give Ulaq answers about the northern lights, each reflecting a particular world view, e.g., Seal says that the lights look like the sun shining on the backs of huge schools of fish, and ""They are the sign to us that this year there will be plenty of fish to eat."" In the end, Ulaq is left wondering. Striking, dreamlike illustrations in white, blues, purple, and black convey the look of this phenomenon in backgrounds that shimmer and swirl, while in the foreground, stylized and outlined animals provide dramatic contrast with white-on-white designs. Taylor concludes with a scientific explanation of the northern lights and the sources she used.