Emile LaMontagne and his friend, Rejean Baptiste, winter out in Northern Canada to trap. At Lac Temiskaming, they meet an old trapper, Louis Bassett, who tells them the winters are long and cold. “If you survive you’ll lose part of your Soul and some day you’ll have to return to find it. Perhaps in another life.” Rejean doesn’t survive but Emile does and he becomes the Carcajou Legend. The legend says he cannot be killed. Emile does die eventually and reincarnates two more times before he is led back to Val-d’Or and the cold barrens of Canada. Once there, he discovers who he is, and what he had lost was more than just part of his Soul.