Although there is a "story" about a year in the life of a brother and sister, this book is mainly a description of daily life for the semi-nomadic Lapp reindeer herders (at least as it used to be). And boy, would it ever not be for me! Snow storms, darkness, isolation, weird practical jokes. As depicted by the D'Aulaires (who did go to Lappland to learn about this topic for the book) the Lapps seem pretty jolly about their hardscrabble life. "We got lost and buried in the snow overnight! Silly us!" At least they have cute doggies.