The white plague is a superstition that loggers fear. Death and danger befall the man who cuts down the tree whose roots are covered in snow. Huh? That sounds like a lame curse to me. It doesn’t take much snow to cover tree roots, this is in the Northern lumber camps, and loggers have always been known to cut trees, even in the Winter. Oh well, toss a little reality aside, and enjoy the story of a flying man in a red and blue suit.
Clark and Jimmy get used to the rough life in the lumber camp, cutting down trees, learning about the old growth forest, and some geological facts about the development of the ancient forest.
As he talks to Dawson, the camp foreman, Clark is skeptical about the plague, and offers the possibility that someone is using the plague to sabotage the camp operation. More accidents are reported, and Clark joins the team to go to the downed logger. He and Jimmy discuss whether the plague is real. At least the fear it has created is real, along with those sniper bullets flying their way.