This book was written out of Gretel Ehrlichâ€™s love for winterâ€“for remote and cold places, for the ways winter frees our imagination and invigorates our feet, mind, and soulâ€“and also out of the fear that our â€śdemocracy of gratificationâ€ť has irreparably altered the climate. Over the course of a year, Ehrlich experiences firsthand the myriad expressions of cold, giving us marvelous histories of wind, water, snow, and ice, of ocean currents and weather cycles. From Tierra del Fuego in the south to Spitsbergen, east of Greenland, at the very top of the world, she explores how our very consciousness is animated and enlivened by the archaic rhythms and erupting oscillations of weather. We share Ehrlichâ€™s experience of the thrills of cold, but also her questions: What will happen to us if we are â€śdeseasonedâ€ť? If winter ends, will we survive?