pioneer survival story set in the United States in
the year 2050 when the sun's reduced warmth has
caused winter to creep as far south as Missouri.
It's winter from October to April. The U.S. has
moved the Capitol to Houston and there's a cure for
the common cold. James and Robert are sick of the
mugging and pollution of big city living in Mexico,
which the U.S. has overrun, and they have struck
out without money to locate James' family who have
left earlier to homestead in Missouri, much like
the pioneers, they get stuck with a reckless,
lawless, rugged individualist who appropriates
whatever it is he needs to survive. The boys aren't
sure what would happen to them if they decline the
offer of a lift up north.