The Aleuts have come back! Karana meets a wife of one of the Aluets. they become friends, until the Aleuts leave. An earth-quake sturck the island and washes away some of the food. Rontu passes away from old age. Karana captures his puppy and names him Rontu-Aru.
An earthquake strickes the island, washing away some of the food. Karana gets stuck in the fierce waves striking the rocks. The waves spray salt water onto Karana while she is trying to get back to her house.
White men come back to the island, wanting otter pelts. It is the same white men that her tribe went away with! Remembering her sister Ulape, Karana must make a difficult decision, to stay on her island, or to try to find her tribe.
Karana makes the difficult decision to sail off after her people. So, Karana, Rontu-Aru, and Karana’s birds, pack up and leave the island in search of their people.