6 year old Nick lives in Northern Vermont, but it feels like Northern Alaska. When he went out to play yesterday his Mom told him not to go out onto the ice, but he did and fell through. Last night he was sent to bed without his supper and this morning his Mom gave him caster oil and his breakfast with cookies and milk. She also called the Dr. It was a long drive out to the country in a horse and buggy. The year is 1900, Nick has his toys, quilts, and an oil lamp. The Dr. has examined Nick; he left his bag on the bed while he has coffee to talk to Nick's Mom. He has a fever and is having trouble breathing, but the Dr. says he will be okay.