To start, Brian falls a sleep in a cave that he lives in. He hears something coming in the opening. Then it walks by him. He kicks it and pain just shot through his leg. The next day he find quills in his leg. He had to pull them out of his leg. This is important to the story because he can't really walk.
Summary of Book
Brian figures out how to make fire. He forces himself to eat whatever food he can find, such as turtle eggs, fish, berries, and even a couple of birds. He deals with a porcupine, bear, skunk, moose, and a tornado. He eventually becomes quite a craftsman, crafting a bow, arrows, and a spear. He also fashions a shelter out of the underside of a rock overhang. During the story, he struggles with memories of home, and the bittersweet memory of his mother, who Brian has discovered was having an affair with another man.