Young Willy is about to be faced with the challenge of his life. Willy lives with his grandfather and one day finds him lying in his bed and close to death. If that isn't enough trauma, Willy is about to hear from the local tax collector that his grandfather owes five hundred dollars in back taxes and will lose his house if he doesn't pay his bill soon. The responsibility falls on the young shoulders of Willy who hears fortuitously that there is to be a sled dog race with a prize of ... yes, five hundred dollars. If Willy can win the race with his trusted sled dog team, he can save their home. The story is one of courage, of daring, of being willing to risk. The adventure and the bravery never fail in this carefully crafted novel that ends with a Native American, Stone Fox, standing up for what is right and true. One of the very best books for readers aged 7-10.