Now that twelve-year-old Matt and his father have finished building a comfortable cabin for their family in the Maine wilderness, Matt’s father must leave to bring the rest of the family to the new settlement. Until the day his father returns, Matt must try to survive on this own. Matt is brave, but he’s not prepared for an attack by swarming bees, and he’s astonished when he is rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson, Attean.
As the boys come to know each other, Attean learns to speak English, while Matt becomes a skilled hunter. Many months pass with no sign of Matt’s family. Then Attean asks Matt to join the Beaver tribe and move north. Should Matt abandon his hopes of ever seeing his family again and go on to a new life?