Brian Robesen, 13 from NY, sees his divorced mom having an affair and becomes angry
After Brian boards a plane to Canada to visit his dad, the pilot dies from an heart attack, Luckily, Brian learned a little about flying before he crashes into a Canadian lake in the middle of the woods
Alive and Alone, tattered Brian looks for food and shelter
Brian encounters many adventures and conflicts such as when hi gets sick from berries. He uses all resources available to him especially his hatchet. He thinks about his family and how angry he is at his mom, yet calls out to her for help. His first reaction that he must grow up.
Other adventures and obstacles that he faces are getting shot in the leg by a porcupine quills, encountering a bear, learning to make a fire with his hatchet, eating turtle eggs, hunting for meat and fish, sprayed by a skunk, attacked by a moose, and lives through a tornado. all teaching Brian life lessons. They are all connected ton his memories and family.
Brian returns to crash site to retrieve a survival pack and notices tail end of the plane sticking out of the water. While under water, he sees the dead pilot and gets sick. He does get the pack and messes around with a transmitter. Finally, a rescue plane comes for him