Matt is only 12 years old, yet with a huge responsibility. His family left him at the cabin alone. But in these days, kids usually knew how to survive on their own. He always feels like someone is watching him. He tries out his father's gun and soon gets used to it. But one day, a bear breaks into the cabin and eats all of his sugar. He goes out and finds a bee hive and tries to get honey. Not smart. He ends up soaked with a sprained ankle on the side of the stream. The Native Americans saved him. They gave him medicine and treated his ankle. Matt then knew they were watching him. A native named Saknis, began to make his grandson deliver Matt a daily need of food. It was part of an agreement. Matt would teach Attean ( Saknis's grandson) to read while the Natives would supply Matt with food. Matt and Attean usually went out hunting and Matt always learned knew things.
One day Matt was invited to have dinner with the Natives. It was amazing because that never happens. Soon after, Attean left to find his manatew. Matt was lonely. When Attean came back, Matt was asked to move with the Natives because Winter was coming. Matt still believed his family would come back. He kept thinking, but still believed in his family. So the Natives left, but Matt's family came back. It was back to normal.