13 year old Brian is on his way to the oil fields of Canada to visit his father. Brian's parents are divorced, which causes his sadness. His mother gives him a hatchet because it could help him in the woods with his dad. On the plane, the pilot has a heart attack and dies.
After the pilot's death, Brian tries to take control of the plane, and is planning on landing it when it is out of fuel. He also tries contacting people to rescue him.
Brian manages to land the plane in a lake when it was out of fuel. He swims to the surface and was in so much pain. Right after that, he falls asleep.