When ten year old Frederika learns that there is to be a new teacher coming, she does not count on her staying for very long. In the four years since school began in her remote Alaskan village, no single teacher has stayed for more than a full year. More often than not, the teachers tend to leave before the school year has even finished! Under Miss Agnes's instruction, the kids find themselves enjoying their lessons and learning more than ever before. Is she here to stay or will the harsh Alaskan lifestyle drive Miss Agnes to leave like all those before her? ~ Enh
Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote, Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard.
But Miss Agnes is different -- she doesn't get frustrated with her students, and she throws away old textbooks and reads Robin Hood instead! For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write -- but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?