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Brian Robeson a thirteen-year-old from New York City boards a plan headed from Hampton New York to the Canadian north woods to visit his father His parents recent divorce weighs heavily on him as does The Secret that his mother is having an affair The pilot gives him a very brief flying lesson in which Brian has control of the plane for a few minutes The pilot seems to be experiencing increasing pain in his shoulder arm and stomach At first Brian does not think it is very serious but as the pilot begins jerking in his seat it becomes clear that he is having a heart attack The attack stops and the pilot is dead Brian is forced to take over the controls After a harrowing descent the plane crashes into a lake in the Canadian woods where Brian is stranded Brian has little to eat and is injured from the crash but believes he will soon be rescued He finds some strange berries to eat which make him extremely sick He then finds a raspberry patch where he spots a bear Brian constructs a shelter and in the middle of the night he hears a noise A porcupine has entered his shelter and Brian throws the hatchet in its direction It shoots its quills into Brians leg causing him severe pain Brian attempts to build a fire with no matches and eventually succeeds when he learns how to strike his hatchet against a stone to ignite sparks He finds turtle eggs and eagerly eats them One day a plane flies overhead but does not see him and continues on its way leaving Brian devastated and hopeless He attempts to commit suicide by cutting himself with his hatchet but survives the attempt and emerges from the experience determined to embrace life and to take an active role in his own fate Brian soon catches his first fish and enjoys a big feast
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