The first episode in Michelle Paver’s riveting saga of suspense and primal magic, set 6000 years ago. In Torak’s shadow-world of snow, forests, bears and shamanic rituals, life is harsh and fragile. When his father, Fa the mage, dies of mortal wounds from a spirit-possessed bear, his dying words bind Torak to a quest. He must seek and find the mythical Mountain of the World Spirit, who will give him the strength to defeat the demonic beast. Can a wolf cub bring him the luck he needs to complete his quest and face this killer of men?