By Flare of Northern Lights
By Tim Champlin
The last great gold rush of 1897 sent more than a hundred thousand people from all walks of life racing toward the Yukon and the Klondike. Terry Brandon was one of them. Abandoning his job and his fiancee, he scraped together a paltry $390 and bolted for the North. On the way, he meets George and Annie O’Connell, also seeking their fortune. George, a retired lawyer and practicing alcoholic, is quite a few years Annie’s senior – and Terry narrowly escapes being shot by George in a drunken, jealous rage. In Seattle, Terry finds his funds are insufficient for the journey ahead, but by mutual necessity, he manages to partner with Milton Conrad, the scion of a wealthy family who is determined to make his own fortune. But many obstacles – both natural and man-made – await them before their journey is complete.