In this book, a tween named Brian is on a plane flight to visit his dad. In the plane, the pilot gets a heart attack and Brian is forced to try and fly the plane as long as he can. When he crashes, he gets injured and slowly recovers in the wilderness with only a hatchet. Along the way, he makes new tools that help him in many ways during his treacherous days in the forest. He eventually gets rescued by a man that came looking for him.