Set in the Arctic, a realistic story about a two-year-old wolf who is separated from his pack in the confusion caused by illegal hunters shooting at caribou from a small plane. The straightforwardly presented events are chosen to demonstrate characteristic behavior: the young wolf caring for younger cubs; wolves following the caribou pack and culling its weak members; the perils of straying into another pack's territory. Weatherby's beautiful, meticulously detailed paintings--generously extended across the gutter to almost 14""--make the wolves appealing without sentimentalizing them; he conveys the magnificence of the snowy mountain backgrounds and captures, without sensationalizing, the action's drama. An effective plea for respect for and conservation of an often misunderstood fellow creature. A careful note adds more information about wolves' behavior; annotated bibliography, including the film of Mowat's Newer Cry Wolf.