Somewhere on a barren Arctic shore in the summer of 1849, knowing he is dying, a British Naval officer wraps his journal in sailcloth and buries it beneath a lonely pile of frost-shattered stones. He is the last of the 129 doomed men of Sir John Franklin's lost Arctic expedition. His name is James Fitzjames and for four years he has carefully recorded the expedition's achievements, hopes and, as things began to go horribly wrong, the descent into madness and eventual death of his closest friends. This is his journal. (Adults)

"...a richly re-imagined fable which goes far beyond anything the historical record alone might suggest." The Arctic Book Review

"...both entertaining and thought-provoking for readers of historical fiction and/or Canadiana." Canadian Book Review Annual

"...one reads on, fascinated, to the bitter end." The Globe and Mail

"A suspenseful and enjoyable read." Booklist

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