One day Sig pulls his father out of the frozen waters of Giron, Alaska. He is to late to save his father for he has frozen to death. Sig takes him back to their home. Not to long after that a stranger comes knocking saying he has business with Sig's father. Sig lies about the whereabouts of his father. When the stranger sees the body on the table, his business now is with Sig. The stranger introduces himself as Gunther Wolff, and he wants his gold back. Wolff claims that Sig's father stole gold from him about 10 years earlier, and has been searching for him since then. Sig knows nothing about any gold. Wolff believes he's lying, but Sig knows the truth. His only hope to escape is a revolver stored away in the pantry.
A quick and enjoyable read. It plays off of the saying the sins of the father are visited upon the son. To me it seemed like Sig's father wasn't sinning, he was just trying to make sure his family would be well off after Wolff was taken care of. What wouldn't a father do to provide for his famly, especially in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1890's and early 1900's?
This is a Printz honor book for 2011. The Michael Printz Award is an award given to a Young Adult book that exemplifies literary excellence in Young Adult literature. There is one winner and four honor books.