In late March of 1943, during World War II, four Norwegian saboteurs arrive in Northern Norway on a fishing cutter and set anchor in peaceful Toftefjord. They are to establish a base for sabotage operations with the eventual goal of liberating occupied Norway.
The saboteurs are betrayed and a German Schnell-boat attacks the cutter, turning the quiet fjord into a battle zone.
Only one man ultimately survives the attack, Jan Baalsrud. He begins the perilous journey to freedom. Wounded, the dauntless soldier swims icy fjord waters, climbs snow-laden granite peaks, endures violent snowstorms and is hurled off a mountain by an avalanche. Fleeing the Gestapo and battling the harsh Arctic cold, Jan suffers snowblindness and frostbite. Though he possesses raw courage and an iron will, they are not enough to deliver him all the way to neutral Sweden and safety.
The people of Norway's Troms District step forward to assist Jan. Selflessly defying Nazi dictates, more than 60 people risk their lives to help the fugitive commando. Readers will never forget this carefully researched action-packed account of the courage of Jan Baalsrud and the people of northern Norway.