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In the Pacific, there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.
The main character is a girl named Karana, which is her secret name. Her people live in a village called Ghalas-at, gathering roots and fishing to supply the tribe. One day, a ship of Aleuts, led by a Russian named Captain Orlov, arrives and persuades the natives to let them hunt sea otter in return for other goods. How the island, leaving little payment for the otters they hunted. Karana's father and many other men in the tribe die during the battle.
Later, the "replacement chief", Chief Kimki, leaves the island on a canoe for new land in the East. Eventually, he sends a "giant canoe" to bring his people to the jujjiand, even though he himself does not return. The white men come to Karana's village and tell them to pack their goods and go to the ship. Karana's brother, Ramo, leaves the ship to retrieve his fishing spear. Although Karana urges the captain to wait for Ramo to return, the ship must leave before a storm approaches. Karana jumps off the ship and swims to shore, and the ship departs without them.
The siblings live alone on the island, hoping the ship will return. Ramo is brutally killed by a pack of feral dogs (according to Karana, he had a gaping wound on his throat and teeth marks on his body). Alone on the island, Karana takes on traditionally male tasks, such as hunting, making spears, and building canoes, to survive. She vows to avenge her brother's death and kills several of the dogs, but has a change of heart when she encounters the leader of the pack. She tames him and names him Rontu, meaning "Fox eyes" in her language.
Over time, Karana makes a life for herself. She builds a home made of whale bones and stocks a cave with provisions in case the Aleuts come back, so she can hide from them. As she explores her island, Karana discovers ancient artifacts and a large octopus (which she calls a devilfish). As time passes, she decides to hunt the devilfish. She also tames some birds and an otter; she feels a close kinship to the animals, the only inhabitants of the island beside herself.
Historical basis: This novel is based on the true story of Juana Maria, better known to history as "The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island", a Nicoleño Indian left alone for 18 years on San Nicolas Island, one of the Channel Islands off the California coast, before being discovered in 1853. It was believed that she lived in a cave on the island; in 2012, a Naval archeologist believes he has found that cave and investigation is ongoing.
Celia Kaye ... Karana
Larry Domasin ... Ramo
Ann Daniel ... Tutok
George Kennedy ... Aleut Captain
Carlos Romero ... Chowig
Hal John Norman ... Kimki
Martin Garralaga ... The Priest
Alex Montoya ... Spanish Captain