Cole robbed a hardware store and bragged about it to his friends at school, so Peter told the police. Cole was very angry so he beat Peter up and banged his head on the sidewalk.
Cole was thrown in jail to wait for trail for beating Peter up. in jail he meets Garvey and Garvey tells him about circle justice were people of the comunity find how he can better himself without jail.
the circle justice each take turns talking, Peters mom says he should be thrown in jail, Peters lawyer says he needs to be put some were were he can not hurt anyone, Garvey suggests that they put him on an island not to far away they all agree.
Cole shows up at the island he sees the spirit bear the bear does not look afraid of him it makes him mad so he attacks it.
Cole was badly hurt by the spirit bear he eats mice, grass, bugs, and worms, to sustain himself. he thinks that no one ever cared for him so why should he care for the like the mother bird took care of the baby birds
on the verge of death Cole touches the spirit bear. he trusts it and it trusts him so he decides it is his time to die and that he has been holding on to long. Garvey and Edwin find him before he could die they take him to a hotel were they wait to get him to a hospital.