Kirsten wonders if the cold Minnesota winter will ever end. It?s crowded in the tiny log cabin, and Kirsten looks forward to the days she?s allowed outside to help her brother Lars with his trap line. One day she brings home a baby raccoon she?s found in the woods, and trouble begins. The raccoon gets loose and starts a fire that destroys the Larsons? home and everything in it. The future seems bleak, until Kirsten and Lars go back into the woods and make a frightening but important discovery.