Over five hundred years ago, there lived a thirteen year old Inca girl in the mountains of Peru. Because of her perfect beauty, she was chosen to be the official sacrifice to the god of Mount Ampato. Feasting began days before the actual ceremony and priests gave the girl elaborate costumes to wear. Then the time came for her to be given to the mountain. Centuries have passed and it is 1990. Hiking on the snowy peak of Mount Ampato, an archaeologist and a mountain climber make an unusual find: charred wood and other signs of ancient human life buried in the frozen ground. Before long, they uncover the mummified body of a young girl, and a scientific inquiry begins.
David Getz is the award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Thin Air and Almost Famous, and the nonfiction books Frozen Man and Life on Mars. When not writing, Mr. Getz works as an elementary-school principal in New York City. Peter McCarty is the Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator of Hondo and Fabian. He also teamed up with David Getz on Frozen Man, Life on Mars, and Purple Death. Mr. McCarty lives with his wife and two children in Upstate New York.