Matt's dad had told him he would be gone for six weeks, to fetch Matt's mother, sister, and the new born baby. So Matt needed to stay home, to protect the house.
During Matt's first weeks alone he heard a knock, and it was a man who called himself Ben. Ben had stolen Matt's rifle that Matt needed for his protection and hunting.
Here is my pocket watch you can keep it
Dog no good hunt You keep
Because Matt didn't secure his cabin door, a bear came in, eating most of his food causing Matt to crave for something sweet and to eat pain fish. So he climbed a bee tree his father and him found to get honey, but failed and fell down , getting stung and drowned, causing Saknis and Atean to save him.
Matt and Atean are in the woods taking a walk and they spot a bear cub, but all of a sudden the momma bear comes and tries to protect the cub and herself. Then Matt throws a dead rabbit at the bear, helping Atean have time to shoot two arrows at the bear.
At the end of the story Atean had given his dog to Matt, the dog was something Atean valued much. In return, Matt has given his pocket watch, that he loved. Atean had told Matt that he and his tribe will not come back after their moose hunt because white settlers will come.