Kate hesitates only a second when invited to join her family on a skiing vacation. She knows that she has no natural ability for the sport. The decision to tagalong is due to her sister's insistence: the beautiful scenery, the snow, the thrill of learning a new skill, the snow, getting away, the snow.
This warm, humorous story is a good read about how a novice becomes a competent skier with the help of a private instructor who has hopes of becoming much more than her friend.
With Kate clinging to her instructor's hand for courage, Karl, a competent, innovative and insistent teacher, envisions skiing with Kate on the very top of Skylands Mountain. It is Karl who provides the excitement, the fun, and ultimately the challenge that enables Kate to succeed and to learn to love again.