In the classic novel, My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, Sam Gribley runs away from his family and their crowded New York City apartment for life on a deserted section of family land in the mountains. The novel chronicles his adventures. During his stay, he encounters a stranger on his mountain, and through their discussions, Sam realizes that he misses his family. Part of the reason he ran away was his perception that he would not be missed. He finds that this is not true, when his father comes to visit him at his mountain home in a hollow tree. Through their visit, Sam comes to realize how much he misses h is family, and how important they are to him. While his father does not demand that Sam come home, Sam decides that he wants to rejoin his family.