When the brass foundry, where eighteen year old Alex Kincaid works, is gutted in fire, he and his sister Kate and youngest sibling Jim choose to relocate to their uncle's home two hundred miles away in Cleveland. They plan to skate over the solidified Great Lakes with their provisions and their faithful dog Tug. But all of this is not as simple as it sounds. The children must face the threat of starvation, harsh winter, separation and great psychological duress to achieve any success. Read on! Ernest Ingersoll (1852-1946) was a renowned American naturalist, writer and explorer.