Canadians have long defined themselves as 'not Americans.' They cherish their differences from their powerful neighbour but, as the United States grows ever more dominant on the world stage, can they hope to hold on to their national identity? Are they fated to become Americans in a generation or two? In 'Fire and Ice,' Michael Adams challenges the myth of inevitability that has led to the belief that the Canadian way of life is doomed to extinction. Drawing upon a decade of never-before released pulse-taking from both sides of the border, he reveals that Canada and the United States are not coming together, but are diverging in significant ways.