Beyond the North Wind

Author: Win Peterson
Published: October 1, 2008
ISBN: 9781934733066
Pages: 448
Size: 6.14" x 9.21"
Type: Paperback
Price: $19.95
Categories: Fiction: Sci-fi/Fantasy

This is a tale of love, and of tragedy reversed. Icelander Liv Gústavsdóttir was only twenty years old and arrestingly beautiful in every aspect of her being. Then a car accident resulted in severe injuries and burns over half of her body. In the years following she earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and subsequently created the world's most effective anti-aging skin-care emollients. Her company, Organics Atlantis, Ltd.,of Reykjavik, Iceland, quickly became world renowned.

Her daily life in the fourteen years after the accident, and after getting her doctorate, was characterized by long hours in her private company laboratory, social isolation, loneliness, and unrelieved physical pain. To move about in public without disturbing young and old alike with her terrible disfigurements, she wore long, body-covering garments and a mask across the scarred right side of her face.

A plan to develop a medicine for her intractable pain leads her to look toward Greenland in search of new unicellular life forms: extremophiles - microorganisms with unusual thermostable enzymes that she can use in the creation of pain-deadening medication.

The planning brings her together with an American, Dr. Jordin N. Mansson, a summertime bush pilot, well acquainted with flying in the Arctic. His day job is associate professor of physics at an American university.

Their near-death experiences together in a small, fragile survival raft on the stormy, dark, and frigid northern Greenland Sea, their unusual encounters with whales and beasts of the Arctic, their three-week disappearance, and finally, their rescue, is reported around the world. Their return to Iceland marks the beginning of medical miracles and of an extraordinary new technological energy-source discovery. Their uniquely changed lives and their intense love affair become the stuff of legends.