As the seasons change, Karana thinks the Aleuts might return to hunt otters. She prepares by storing food and weapons so that she can move to safety on other parts of the island, should the need arise. Karana and Rontu go to Tall Rock to catch fish for Won-a-nee and other otters that they know.
Late that summer Rontu dies. Karana buries him in a grave on the headland.