A ship full of hunters comes to the island. Karana and her sister Ulape watch as their father the tribe chief tries to make an agreement with them.
After failing to come to an agreement the hunters attack the tribe killing most of the soldiers as the girls watch from a distance. The men then board their boat and leave the island.
Later on another ship comes. Fearful that its the hunters ship the tribe goes to the spot were they had hidden canoes and food so they could flee to avoid the loss of more men.
After learning that the new ship is there to rescue them and not hurt them the tribe boards the boat to safety. However after realizing that Karana's little brother isn't on the boat she jumps of so that he wouldn't be on the island all alone
Soon after the boat leaves Karana's brother dies. She and her brother had been staying in there old village. The grief of losing so many people is too overwhelming for her so she decides to leave and find a new spot for her house.
Karana decides to build her new home on the headlands so that she will know if the hunter or the men that saved the rest of her tribe return to the island