An introspective story of a winter in the Canadian wilderness, as 16-year old Callon bucks the family move to the city, and sticks it out in the shack to trap and write, instead of going along and getting himself a job. Occasionally he is overwhelmed by despair, but fortitude wins out, and after successive rejections of his adventure stories, he learns he must write out of what he really knows. Trapping brings him a pittance for he is touched by animals' sufferings. He struggles against his conviction that he must prove this on his own, without help from friends. Eventually- despite some stark moments- Callon wins his family's forgiveness and gets himself a job as a local news hand. Not ordinary run-of-the-mill, but definitely he-man adventure.