In story form this covers American Dr. Elisha Kent Kane's leadership of the second Grinnell expedition which attempted to locate Sir John Franklin's Lost Arctic party in the mid 19th century and it also reveals his doomed love for Margaretta, the youngest of the Fox sisters, notorious for their spiritualistic feats. Readying his ship and crew Kane was also busy in getting his Maggie away from her family, arranging for her to be tutored and trained so that on his return she would be a proper wife for him and until his departure attempting to keep this secret from his family. On to the North where ice and storm, sickness and troubles filled his life and where his indomitable will kept him and his men from drying. When he had been gone two years, a relief expedition went after him, found him safe, after traveling 1,300 miles in an open boat, and returned him to a protracted attack against his Maggie, whom he made his common-law wife. Fame in England and death in Cuba wrote the finish to his short life. An undaunted explorer and his feats of survival in contrast to the demanding lover provide unexpected material for this novel whose flowery style reflects its period. Curiosity provoking.