True North : This is an accomplished first novel that is part adventure story about surviving in the breathtaking but unforgiving Alaskan wilds, part love story, and part political novel about the exploitation of Native American Ingaliks and their land. Set on a reservation in Alaska, Kafka's protagonist, Bailey Lockhart, is a young woman from Maine who has recently lost her beloved sister, a severely handicapped young woman who died in a house-fire while under her care. Bailey has come to Alaska to lose herself, to commune with nature and to forget. Strong, self-reliant, and sharp-tongued, Bailey wants only to be left alone. Events conspire against her, however, and she finds herself drawn into the middle of an ugly conflict involving a young Anglo couple from the east and gold found on Native soil. With great skill, Kafka dramatizes Bailey's heroic involvement in this conflict and the gradual healing of her troubled heart. Hardcover, 273 pages.