The adolescent sentimentality of Holly Andrews, nurse, and her routine romance are set on the dark and frozen tundra of Alaska. A civil service nurse, Holly chooses to spend two years in Barrow, where she immediately begins to idolize fierce yet gentle Dr. Mike Farrell and to fall in love with pilot-bear hunter-artist Mark Holt. The storm comes; heartbreak strikes; Holly wavers, then opts for a life with Mark and the tundra. The little nurse's athletic heart leaps, jolts, sings, skips a beat etc. throughout the story and Eskimos are seen as ""primitive"" and ""natives."" Although the author succeeds in sustaining an atmosphere of imminent tragedy and immanent cruelty in the climate, she never manages to rise above a plot that plods.