The Aleuts came to the island and killed the chief, Karana's father, when he demanded the payment they promised him for hunting the otters. When the rest of the tribe attacked, almost all of the hunters were also killed so the oldest among them was chosen to lead them and so he went to seek help and brought back a ship to take their crippled tribe to a new home but Karana's brother went back and was left so she dove overboard in order to be with him thinking the ship would return shortly for them.
Now she must figure out how to survive on her own, especially with the wild dogs on the island after they kill her brother. There are many dangers to prepare for including the return of the Aleuts and always watching for the return of the promised ship to take her away.
Based on a true story of a woman found on this island but who spoke a language no one else could understand, Scott O'Dell recreated one possible story of her life. It was a lovely tale, with evocative imagery and beautiful language.
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