Scott and Robbie always wanted candy and root beer for dinner, but now they've got their wish, and it doesn't sound so good. They've been kidnapped in their mother's station wagon and left in the brutally hot desert with no food or water. When night comes-darker than they ever thought night could be and bringing coyotes and snakes-the brothers, eleven and nine, have to face the possibility that they might not be rescued. It's up to them to survive, using only what they happen to have in the station wagon. How can a pair of shoes, a set of hubcaps, and the contents of their mother's shopping bags be used for desert survival? You won't be able to stop reading until you find out.
Jarod is a snowboarder and is stuck taking care of his younger sister, Jennifer, who is a beginning skier. When a bully threatens the two, Jarod convinces Jennifer to ski out-of-bounds to avoid a conflict. They venture into the restricted area and Jennifer watches in horror as her brother is buried in an avalanche. Will Jennifer be able to rescue her brother and, together, will they be able to find their way to safety?