The Raven's Gift (Paperback)
John Morgan and his wife can barely contain their excitement upon arriving as the new teachers in a Yup'ik Eskimo village on the windswept Alaskan tundra. But their move proves disastrous when a deadly epidemic strikes and the isolated community descends into total chaos. When outside aid fails to arrive, John's only hope lies in escaping the snow-covered tundra and the hunger of the other survivors he must make the thousand-mile trek across the Alaskan wilderness for help. He encounters a blind Eskimo girl and an elderly woman who need his protection, and he needs their knowledge of the terrain to survive. The harsh journey pushes him beyond his limits as he discovers a new sense of hope and the possibility of loving again.
Don Rearden grew up on the tundra of southwestern Alaska. He is a produced screenwriter and published poet. Rearden lives in the mountain community of Bear Valley, Alaska, and teaches as an assistant professor of developmental studies at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.