When his mother died suddenly, Rory Andrews ran away to find his father, Big Mike, who had gone to Skagway, in the Yukon, to work for the railroad. The sixteen year old boy could find no trace of his father. Perhaps he had been lured by the craze for gold. He strikes up a friendship with two boys his own age, Wat and Budge, and then stumbles on a clue that his father might have gone to the Klondike. The three boys pan for gold. Inevitably they strike it rich and Rory finds his father. The pace is somewhat sluggish, and the boys do not emerge as distinct personalities. With the need for good Alaskan material, this is a disappointment.