Pierre's father chopped off his thumb while doing Pierre's job. So Pierre decided it was up to him to become a voyageur to help to support his family
Pierre isn't getting treated the best by a couple of the people in brigade. But he is greatful for La Lond who is helping through the way. Pierre is feeling kind of home sick but dosn't know for sure how he feels about it yet.
Pierre's brigade chose to take the rapids,and the bow of their canoe got stuck in the rocks. so La Lond jumped out to save the brigade from the canoe behind them, when he lost his balance and got swept away. Pierre and Emile had to ask why him? He was such a good friend to Pierre. Why him??