O'Brien goes up to the Tip Top Lodge on the Rainy River to escape from going to Vietnam. He meets Elroy who is the owner of the Lodge
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O'Brien helps Elroy with odd jobs around the Lodge. He is the only person staying at the lodge. O'Brien and Elroy do a lot of fishing together.
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O'Brien has been here for four nights now, he asks Elroy how much he owes him for staying there. Elroy wants to pay him for helping around the lodge an wants to give him more than his last job at the meatpacking plant.
Elroy ends up paying O'Brien after taking out his expense for the stay. On the 6th day they go out fishing. O'Brien figures they are in Canadian waters. He wants to jump off and swim to the land and run free.
O'Brien starts to cry. He starts to see his family members and friends on the Minnesota Boarder land, they are yelling at him to jump or come back to Minnesota.
O'Brien tries to jump but can't. They later head back to the lodge. In the Morning O'Brien leaves Elroys money on the table and heads back to Minnesota, then he later leaves for Vietnam.