By Gary Paulson


"There was a great wrenching as the wings caught the pines at the side of the clearing and broke back, ripping back just outside the main braces. Dust and dirt flew off the floor into his face so hard he thought there must have been some kind of explosion. He was momentarily blinded and slammed forward in the seat, smashing his head on the wheel." PG 28

Scene Explaination

This scene is when Brain is trying to stop the plane from crashing since it ran out of fuel. The plane finally lands in a lake and Brian tries to save the pilot but he was already dead from a heart attack.

Book summary

Thoughts of his parents' divorce fill Brain Robeson's head as he flies in a single-engine plane to visit his father in the Canadian- Alaskan wilderness. When the pilot suffers from a massive heart attack and dies, Brain must somehow land the plane by himself and then, left with only the clothes he is wearing and the hatchet he received from his mother as a parting gift, Brain must put thoughts of his past behind him and try to figure out how he can stay alive by making a little cave into a home and making a bow and arrow, leads to the courage of going back to the plane and finding a survival pack with food, a gun, and a transmitter to make his 47 days stranded in the wilderness end.