Ric Bream was a happily married college professor with two adoring children. But wounds from the past left him restless, weakening his will against the lure of the poppy. As Ric’s addiction gained momentum, his career and marriage collapsed. Alone and restless, Rick attempts detox at home. After weeks of hallucinations and nightmares, he comes out clean. Now he must struggle to stay that way, in a futurist society whose priorities conflict with his values. Wrestling with boredom and lacking a sense of purpose, Rick sifts through his belongings, stumbling upon an old collection of books: the relations of crackpot explorers and madmen who have searched in vain for a mysterious society dubbed, “The Ice Mine.”
The books reawaken Ric’s interest in searching for the Ice Mine, a place of questionable existence, accessible only along a treacherous path fraught with deadly enemies—a trail blazed by alleged lunatics and liars. Follow Ric on his journey of mind, body, and soul as he encounters exquisitely detailed mythical landscapes inhabited by never-before-seen creatures, deadly forces of nature, and lurking sinister presences. Will facing his inner demons as he struggles to survive his journey lead Ric to the fabled Shangri-La or something else entirely?