Chapter 12 Summary

Two whales had washed up on the sands many years before, and Karana finds some of the rib bones to use in making her fence. She has to dig them out and carry them to the headland. They are long and curved, and after she places them in the holes she digs, they stand taller than she does. The girl puts the ribs close together with the curve facing out, making them impossible to climb, and weaves them together with many strands of bull kelp which will shrink tight when it dries.

The fence takes her a long time to build; it would have taken her longer if the rock were not one end and part of one side of the fence. As an entrance and exit, she digs a hole under the fence just big enough for her to slide through and lines it...

(The entire section is 850 words.)