When young Jack Byrne wakes alone in the snow, he can’t even remember his name. He is badly injured, lost deep in the northern Canadian wilderness, and all he has is a pocket knife. That knife saves his life when he finds a snared rabbit and starts a fire with a flint. It also provides the only link to Jack’s past, for he remembers his father giving him that knife. Jack is assisted in his struggle to survive by a pair of Algonquin Indians, though the relationship is difficult. And why does a wolf cub keep following Jack?
Timber Wolf is third in an award-winning YA series about the Byrne family, but this intriguing tale stands well on its own. Pignat presents us with a world stripped to its bones by winter, in which both her readers and Jack must figure out who is friend and who is foe. When Jack’s memories begin to return, he realizes that it is his own folly which led to his abandonment. He also forges a friendship with the Algonquins. They have saved his life, but Jack must come to grips with his mistakes and guilt before he can remember who he really is and find his way home.