By Robert Crew
(How can she not know, for example, that food and candy are incredibly expensive in the North?)
The first two people she gets to know are Piuyuq (Tiffany Ayalik), who is celebrating her 16th birthday, and her friend Gloria (Reneltta Arluk), all baggy camouflage pants and attitude.
Life is bleak for both of them. Both have their problems with abusive fathers and Piuyuq’s mother is dead, having fallen off the back of a snowmobile, driven by her now guilt-ridden dad.
And Daniella’s arrival with the bones of Piuyug’s grandfather—a gesture meant to bring healing and closure—stirs up a vortex of trouble and anger.