Chapter 18 Summary

Brian makes the laborious trek out to the plane two more times but is unable to find a way to get in. Completely frustrated, he slams his fist against the exposed part of the aircraft and is surprised to find that the aluminum covering gives way easily under his blow. Taking his hatchet, he begins to hack through the tail of the plane, but in his excitement he becomes careless and drops the hatchet down into the water.

Enraged at his own stupidity, Brian knows that he must find a way to get his hatchet back. He understands that

without the hatchet he [has] nothing—no fire, no tools, no weapons—he [is] nothing.

Brian makes a series of desperate dives beneath...

(The entire section is 575 words.)