Captain Orlov and his his Aluets come to the island, wanting otter pelts in exchange for beads and jewelry. Karana doesn’t trust Captain Orlov but, Karana's father, Chief Cowig, agrees to this deal.
Finally, the Aleuts leave, but not before Chief Cowig and Captain Orlov disagree about the deal. The otters that Captain Orlov's Aluets killed were more than the beads and goods that they gave in exchange. The Aleuts fought against the men in the tribe, killing everyone, including the chief. After the fight, the tribe numbered only 7 men. The women must work harder than before.
Kimki, the new chief, has gone to an island. He sends some white men to take his tribe to the island. Ramo runs back to the village to get his spear. Karana waits for him. The white men and the rest of the tribe leave without them. They are on their own.