This is a realistic novel of the Canadian Northwest, situated on Little Bent Tree Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories, in which animals are the chief characters. It describes with humour, drama and pathos a whole community of animals and birds and their unceasing struggle to live. It is neither a fantasy nor a treatise. It is fiction, with creatures of the world playing the main parts in the drama- the beaver, the muskrat, the silver fox, the whiskey-jack, wolverine and many others. Along with all the emotions that make any story worth reading- love, hate, fear, envy- here are such animal/human qualities as heroism, devotion, mother love, fidelity, cunning, all portrayed through the lives of the book's characters. Their loves, hunger, feasts, fights, sadness, gladness, deaths, their interrelations, the part played in their lives by winter, summer, the snows, the winds, the buildings of the beaver, the introduction of fear into their lives because of the introduction of man, the hunter/trapper- these are combined into a unified plot which draws to an exciting climax.