Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack. Thirteen-year-old Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake, and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with only his clothing and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present before his departure. This book illustrates the struggles that Brian faces in order to get to safety. This book can be used in the classroom to get children engaged and writing about survival skills. This could also be used in a reading center.