ONCE UPON A TIME, in a land far to the north, there lived a lovely maiden . . .
Latitude 72° 13’ 30” N
Longitude 152° 06’ 52” W
Altitude 3 ft.
CASSIE KILLED THE SNOWMOBILE ENGINE.
Total silence, her favorite sound. Ice crystals spun in the Arctic air. Sparkling in the predawn light, they looked like diamond dust. Beneath her ice-encrusted face mask, she smiled. She loved this: just her, the ice, and the bear.
“Don’t move,” she whispered at the polar bear.
Cassie felt behind her and unhooked the...