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Sophie Crockett was brought up on a yacht as her parents circumnavigated the globe. She now divides her time between Portobello Road, London, and the beech forests of the Montagne Noire of Southern France. Sophie speaks French and Russian and her experiences in far-flung places inform much of her writing. She is married to the artist Timothy Shepard and has two children.
In the haunting and barren landscape of a new ice age, fifteen year old Willo, a 'straggler' kid, loses his family. Completely alone, he is immediately flung into an icy journey of survival, adventure, friendship and self-discovery, with only the dog spirit inside his head to guide him. Meanwhile, across Britain, outlawed followers of survivalist John Blovyn are planning an escape to the fabled Islands talked of in a revolutionary book...