An Eskimo boy in the Arctic encounters a group of survivors from the lost Franklin Expedition, which set out in 1845 to discover a sea route through the frozen North.
Taking pity on the strangers, who are so obviously unable to survive in the harsh northern climate, Ooblooria gives the men food and points them on their way south.
He knows something is "not right" with these men. But he doesn't know they are the handful of survivors of Franklin's two Royal Navy ships, Terror and Erebus.
Ooblooria gets into trouble for helping the strangers. He is called to the council of elders to be judged for what he has done. This is the first encounter with white men for this group of Inuit, so no wonder they were alarmed.
Many years later, explorers under Captain M'Clintock come to the area looking for clues to the fate of Admiral Sir John Franklin and his two crews of 134 men.
They find Ooblooria he tells them what he knows about the missing men.
There is an historical bonus for the reader. The true historical story of the tragic Franklin expedition is included.
Both the story and the history were first published in very different form in Boy's Life, the magazine of the Boy Scouts. As well, the original works were accessed for many children's educational and literary data banks. If some reader thinks the story sounds familiar, it was also licensed for Educational Testing in the USA.
This is suitable for children reading at the middle grade school level, and as a chapter book it proves interesting to advanced readers.