It's about a girl, Kali McAlister who is good with engines and may just be based on the character of Kaylee in Firefly. Her father had recently died and with him died the secret of "flash gold", an alchemical phenomenon that can be programmed to do any given task. More flash gold is required for more complex tasks. When he died, the secret of flash gold died with him, but other's greed for it did not. Kali enters a dog sledding race to win some money. A bounty hunter, Cedar, teams up with her on this adventure. It's more than just dog sledding for young Kali, along the way, she is followed by bounty hunters trying to get any flash gold or the secret to making it. There is also a dirigible.
I'll be totally honest with you, the stories are not written that well. Beyond that, I am a fan. I like the characters Buroker writes. They are not complex, and even when there is mystery, it is a simple thing. I like how they interact with each other.
I enjoy her contraption descriptions. I think they are a little far fetched for the world she created, but for the most part I really like them.
I absolutely love that this story takes place in the Yukon. I think it is one of the more original locations for a book. As a lover of Canada and the Yukon, it warms my heart to read books that take place there. Sure, bustling metropolises like New Orleans make great settings for steampunk stories, but this is so different. Kudos.
All in all, it's a short read, and it's entertaining. If you can't get past the writing style (it was difficult for me at first because I had just come off of reading Heinlein), then this isn't the story for you. I'd pick it up just for a fun read.
There is also a dirigible. Did I mention that before?