Set in Switzerland around the fictional and unclimbed peak called the Citadel, a sixteen year old boy disobeys his family and trades dish duty for mountain rambles whenever the weather is good. We are unclear of his intentions until one day he meets the ‘Captain’ and sets his eyes on climbing the last unclimbed mountain near his village. The boy risks everything: his burgeoning career, family acceptance, friendship with the Captain, and even his life to climb this mountain that had taken his father’s life when he was just a newborn.
Although marketed as an early reader, this novel is a well-wrought and compelling story that will hold your interest throughout.
Ultimately, it is a quest for the young man to understand his father and come to terms with his own identity.