On his way to visiting his father, Brian Robeson thinks about his parents' divorce and the hatchet his mother bought him before he left. Suddenly, the pilot of the plane collapses, leaving Brian alone at 7,000 feet above the Canadian wilderness.
Brian crash lands the plane into a lake, pulls himself free, and swims to the surface. Brian realizes that when the pilot collapsed, the plane took a new course and therefore it would be difficult for the authorities to track down the plane.
Brian builds a shelter under a ledge near the lake and finds some berries to eat. The berries make him vomit for over an hour, but the next day he manages to find raspberries. He sees a bear next to the raspberry bush and runs. He stops running when he realizes the bear hadn't been there to attack him. It had only gone to eat the berries.
After a porcupine attacks Brian during the night, Brian realizes he must build a fire. Using his hatchet, he strikes the wall of his shelter to create sparks. However, he...
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