The peaceful village of Gahalset, where Karana lives with her mother, father, brother, and sister.
The Aleuts come in 3 large boats to hunt seal. When conflicts brew between the Aleuts and the village people, the people of Gahalset are left with only one choice, to leave the island. Karana is left behind when the boats carrying her family leave.
Karana spends a very long time alone until she makes a friend, Rontu. He becomes an asset to her survival.
Karana decides that she isn't going to wait for a rescue any longer. She makes a canoe and sets sail with Rontu for the mainland. After many days at sea, she decided she can't go anymore. She heads back for her island.
The Aluets ended up coming back, where she meets a young woman who convinces her to come back to her home on the mainland.