The main character in this story is courageous Akiak. This story takes place during the rugged Iditarod. The Iditarod is a very cold place. The Iditarod is where the mushers have races every year with their experienced sled dogs. The problem in this story is that Akiak got her paw stuck in the snow. So Mick takes her to the Ophir checkpoint, where they were going to take Akiak home. Mick’s team had to go without Akiak. So a helicopter had come , and a man tried to put Akiak inside the helicopter. But Akiak escaped! All the mushers were trying to grab Akiak. But Akiak ran write through them. Akiak tried to catch up to her team but they were to far away. So Akiak kept on going. She stopped by a checkpoint and sniffed the air. Mick’s team had already been there. So Akiak ran out. And right behind her were some mushers trying to catch her. By the time Akiak reached another city she stopped to rest. Some of the volunteers had given her some food. Akiak had drunk water from the rivers. Finally Akiak had seen Ketchum’s team. She spotted her team right behind his team. Akiak also saw that Ketchum’s team had token the wrong trail. Akiak stood right in front of Mick’s sled. Mick was surprised to see Akiak. Then Mick saw that Kechmen had token the wrong trail. Mick told Akiak that she could not go back in the race or she would be disqualified. So Mick tried to put her in the sled. But Akiak didn’t want to. So Akiak stood in front of the team and lead them back to the finish line and Mick’s team won.