Karana and her brother Ramo are gathering food for their village. Ramo runs off but Karana doesn’t want him to because she saw a boat on the water. It is a Russian boat which is bad.
All the men in the tribe gather at Coral Cove and the women go too but hide. They do this because a Russian ship has been spotted and their people have not always been very friendly with the Russians and the other way around. The captain’s name is captain Orlove when he tells the chief this he says that he wants to hunt the otter around their island and says that he will give their tribe some of the otter pelts. The chief excepts the offer and let’s them stay.
The name of the group of people that had come to the island were the Aluets. They were not fully trusted so every day either Ramo or another tribe member would go and spy on them or the camp grounds. One day Karana’s sister, Ulape, said that she saw a girl with long hair and a big hat on. Everyone thought that that wasn’t true but Karana believed that it was.
On the day the Aluets left they gave the tribe a chest of otter pelts.
The chief (Karana’s Dad) said that it wasn’t enough payment and they attacked each other. Karana’s dad died because of Captain Orlove.
The Aluets left and because of the battle with them the tribe had lost almost all of the men in their tribe including the chief. The tribe got a new chief who's name was Kimki. A couple suns after he became the new chief he left to go find a new home because if the Aluets came back it wouldn’t be safe.