The Russian and his crew came to the island, in the book Island of the Blue Dolphins, to hunt for otter pelts. The Chief, Karana's father, is well aware that the Russian may try and take the otters without offering any share or exchange to the native islanders. He meets to speak with the Russian about the share that the Russian should provide to the tribe in exchange for the otter pelts. Together they make an agreement that allows the Russian and his men to kill and gather the otter pelts. The Chief is distrusting of the Russian because he knows that he may try and steal from the people by sneaking off without paying them what is owed. He was correct in his thinking because the Russian tries to do what he predicts.