Bea’s father’s job means the family has moved repeatedly; this will be her fifth new school in five years. While she might seem impervious, to the change, she’s finding it harder than ever. It means that she does not seek friendship and thereafter gathers taunts and bullying as her separateness is noticed.
Meanwhile, Yutu is desperate to break down the restrictions of his traditional way of life. While he loves his grandmother’s silences and steady knowledge, he feels it is time to seal hunt, at least. Then again, he’s aware of the rub against traditional ways and the effects of creeping industrialisation, not least in the way the landscape has changed.
How Yutu and Bea meet is entirely unexpected and devastating. Thereafter how they bond, from survival, truth- seeking, escape, rescue and a deep respect, is thoughtfully shown, inferred and realised.