Following her graduation from high school, Crissa elects to travel from Canada to the dense mountains of Eastern Germany. There she takes part on a summer expedition to study the habits and social behaviors of the Gray Wolf. Always an animal lover, this vivacious teen is the youngest of the expedition, intended for university students. Learning that several packs of the creatures have recently moved into the mountainous region from Poland-where for centuries there were folktales and legends about them, the small team of researchers wants to catalog which of the twelve sub-species of gray wolf has now claimed the remote habitat. Following several unexpected and tragic events on the expedition, Crissa learns something up-close-and-personal about the large animal: That one of those species is, and historically always has been, radically unlike the others . . .