How do I live, nature? You're so difficult! Arg!!!
Brian and his pilot were going to see his dad for the first time after his parent's divorce. His dad worked in an oil field in Northern Canada.
The pilot of Brian’s plane had a heart attack, causing Brian’s plane to be knocked off course. Brian and the dead pilot flew thousands of miles off-course before the plane eventually crashes in an L-shaped lake.
Brian knows little of the wild (or survival), so he must figure out a way to live. Brian begins to realize that the only way to survive in the wild is to let go of self-pity and become one with nature. Brian builds a signal fire (for searcher planes) to signal for help. He also makes a shelter under a rocky ridge.
Brian hears a search plane over-head, and he lights a signal fire, but the plane doesn’t see him. Brian is changed. He lost all hope of being found, but he still tries to survive in the Canadian woods. Brian becomes more observant, too.
Brian kills his first 'foolbird' and fish. He realizes that when he hunts for 'foolbirds,' he should look for their shape, not their color. He also realizes that when he hunts for fish, he should shoot under the fish. Later, a moose knocks Brian into the lake and causes him rib pain. After that, a tornado hits Brian's shelter and he has to rebuild everything (with the scraps that he was able to salvage).
Brian found a survival pack, and in that pack was an emergency transmitter (which Brian flipped on). A fur-buyer heard Brian’s emergency transmitter, so he flew over to see what it was. Eventually, the man rescued Brian from the woods.