The year is 1903, and Charlie Sutherland, a sixteen-year-old orphan, is on the run. As a homeboy, he'd worked in terrible conditions on the remote Alberta homestead of Albert and Buck Brooks. When Albert dies under curious circumstances, and Buck accuses him of murder, Charlie has no choice but to run. He ends up in Frank, a coal-mining town in the Rocky Mountains. Once in Frank, Charlie finally finds friendship and a sense of belonging and self-worth. Things change dramatically, however, when - as the local aboriginals have for centuries predicted it would - the mountain walks. In this true event of April 29, 1903, Turtle Mountain collapses, burying a portion of the town.