Eli Stands Alone has been preventing the dam project from going forward for ten years. Every day, he's visited by Sifton, a man who works for the developers who want to build the dam, who asks whether he's ready to give up his claim to the house and give it to Alberta. Every day, he refuses.
The house he lives in was his mother's house. He says that she built it. When she died, he went home and defended the house from the encroachment.
Thomas King writes:
His mother had built the house. Log by log. Had dragged each one out of the small stand of timber behind the house, barked them, hewn them, and set them. He and Norma had been too young to help, and Camelot was only a baby then. (122)
Ultimately, Eli dies when there is an earthquake and the area around his home—as well as the house—is flooded. Later, Lionel says the dam looks bad in the aftermath of the quake and that they may have to tear the whole thing down.