Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
In this somber tragedy, a young woman moves to a small town to live with her aunt after her unmarried mother dies. There she makes a new friend. One day, she makes some shy sexual advances to her new friend. This confuses them, and she begins to cry and beg her friend not to tell. On the following day, the girl pauses beside an enchantingly beautiful frozen waterfall. To her it is an "ice palace." She enters the shining castle and begins to wander through it's beautiful crystalline chambers. Unfortunately she becomes hopelessly lost. The ice then begins to melt, and though she makes a valiant effort to make it through the icy water to the entrance, she fails and perishes from cold and exhaustion. Her friend's name is the final word uttered from her freezing lips. The next day, a search party begins looking for her after she is again absent from school, but her body is never found. Meanwhile her friend begins to slowly withdraw from those around her.
alienation, aunt, cavern, collapse, death, drowning, exhaustion, freeze, friendship, girl, illegitimate-child, isolation, lesbianism, melt, mother, moving, orphan, school, search, secrets, sexual, town, water, waterfall, palace