Change is stalking Canada’s North in Elizabeth Hay’s coming-of-all-ages novel. It’s not only young Gwen who’s coping with shifts within and without. So are her elder peers at the public radio station in Yellowknife, North West Territories. It is the 1970s. Television is coming to the North. There’s talk of a pipeline. The ensemble of oddballs who staff the station struggle to find their fulcrum through the long winter. But, as Hay foreshadows once too often, things break apart with the spring thaw.