Pierre's Dad gets injured and is not able to support the family be being a voyageur for the North West Company, so Pierre being courageous signs up to become a voyageur and leaving his family behind so that he can support the family.
Pierre is not having a good time with his muscles aching and his hands puffy and covered with blisters he is wishing that he never left home.His brigade he gets along with especially with La Londe and Emile the encourage to keep on going and gives him advice.
The ride was wild. The rapids seem really really dangerous from Pierre point of view because use in the text it said that " when the bow finally plunged down, the stern lurched skyward nearly catapulting Pierre out of his seat. It was like a rollacoster a deathly one.