A group of scientists undertake an expedition to Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone to study the effects of global warming. The expedition changes suddenly when the group heads out on a routine foray into a glacial ice cave and makes an astonishing find.
In the early part of the twentieth century the Beresovka mammoth carcass was discovered in Siberia. Nearly intact, the animal was found buried in silty gravel sitting in an upright position. The mammoth had a broken foreleg, evidently caused by a fall from a nearby cliff ten thousand years ago. The remains of its stomach were intact and there were grasses and buttercups lodged between its teeth. The flesh was still edible, but reportedly not tasty.
No one has ever satisfactorily explained how the Beresovka mammoth and other animals found frozen in the subarctic could have been frozen before being consumed by predators of the time. (J. Holland, "Alaska Science Forum")
At dusk, when the stars rose one by one into a frozen sky, Usuguk approached the snowhouse as silently as a fox. (Prologue)
"Hey, Evan. Lunch?"
And as she replaced the handset she thought she could hear - floating forward, over the grinding of the diesel - the sound of cheers.