Mama's "old country" ways were a source of frustration and embarassment to twelve-year-old Karin, who wanted to be a "modern" Canadian girl. How could she know the harsh words between them would be the last words they ever spoke? With shocking swiftness Mama is gone, and Karin longs to be with her again.
And when Mama's precious goldstone pendant is found, can Karin interpret the dreams that come to her every time she sleeps with it around her neck? Does the stone really forecast the future? When it warns Karin of the deadly avalanche that threatens her father and his railway crew, will she be able to prevent another disaster?
This poignant and suspensful tale is based on real events in Rogers Pass, British Columbia, at the turn of the century.