In today's climate of hopelessness and
despair, An Echo Through the Snow is
a story of relationships between unlikely
people that compel them to persevere
with the belief that a better world is
possible. Set in far eastern Siberia as
well as the Red Cliff Indian Reservation on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, both
places are center stage where the forces of personal and cultural destruction
try to entice the characters into surrender and desperation. It's only through
conviction of the heart that Rosalie McKenzie, Jeaantaa, and Tariem endeavor
to bring that better world closer to realization.

In 1919 when young Jeaantaa's betrothed dies in a hunt on the Bering Sea, she is
pressured into an unwanted marriage to Tariem, his older brother. Ten years later
as Stalin's Red Army advances to their village on the Bering seacoast, Jeaantaa
is forced to make a decision about their dogs, called guardians. Her actions put her
at odds with both her husband and the ancient ways of the Chukchi. Thwarting their
family's plan to escape into reindeer country, she vanishes after a meeting with
Robert Ramsay, a young man from Nome, Alaska. Her disappearance leaves
Tariem haunted for a lifetime as to her fate and the whereabouts of dozens of their
young dogs. Later in 1994 after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Tariem returns with
other villagers to reclaim their ancestral lands and culture after the decades long
ravages of Soviet domination.

In 1992, eighteen year old Rosalie McKenzie is her own worst enemy as she's at
odds with the world. Stuck in a destructive marriage along with a string of dead-end
jobs, she breaks ranks to save Smokey, an abused husky at great consequence to
her own well-being. As Rosalie gains a passion for this elegant animal, she unwittingly
ventures along a path of self discovery. Hired as a dog handler by Jan and Dave,
who own a local sled dog racing kennel, she finds herself center stage in the world
of competitive dog sledding. It's there she meets Charlie Gokee, a veterinarian and
retired Alaskan dog musher who sees in Rosalie all the spirit, strength and potential
she fails to recognize in herself. Rosalie shines as she comes into her own. And it's
through a series of mysterious events or remembrances that Rosalie embodies the
spirit of Jeaantaa as a contemporary Keeper of the Guardians. Through Charlie,
she meets legendary musher Robert Ramsay who opens doors to the many
puzzling dreams and intuitions that served as the initial impetus for saving Smokey.

Readers of Echo are treated to vivid locations and highly charged emotional themes
that reveal little known historical and political events spanning sixty years. As the
narratives weave together they meet towards the end in a dramatic present time
conclusion where an ancient breed of canines, huskies that have thrived in the homes
and hearts of northern peoples, help to guide the way home.   
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