A haunting book set in the wilds of Alaska where Gary and his wife Irene begin building a cabin together on Caribou Island. They are dogged by fierce storms and illness. Gary feels his life to have been a failure and wants to make a fresh start. Irene is haunted by events in her past and doesn't want to leave her home and her two adult children. A story of a crumbling marriage and disappointment - beautiful and bleak.