Russian Aleuts came to my island to hunt for otter pelts. The Aleuts and my tribe come to an agreement that allows the Aleuts to hunt for pelts, keeps the tribe safe, and compensates the people of Ghalas-at.
Soon, the Aleuts go back on our deal. A bloody battle ensues between the Aleuts and my people.
The villagers leave the island, but Ramo, my brother, gets left behind. I leap out of the boat and swim to shore so my little brother will not be alone. We must work together to survive on our own.
Wild dogs attack and kill Ramo. In my grief, I burn down my village because I can't stand to be there by myself any more. I vow to kill the wild dogs, but decide not to kill the pack leader and tames him. I name him Rontu, or Fox Eyes.
The Aleuts return to my island and I retreat to a cave. I make friends with Tutok, an Aleut girl. I long for human company, even if not of my tribe. One day Tutok does not come at our normal time and I watch the Aleut ship sail away.
I am rescued from my island and my solitude. I have been alone on the island for several years. I discover that the rest of my village did not survive the journey on the ocean.