Karana begins work on her new home. First up? A fence made of whale rib bones that are woven together with kelp. A hole is dug beneath the fence so she can pass in and out of the enclosure.
Next, Karana thinks about how to build the house inside the fence. For this, she'll need trees, which are hard to find on the island.
Karana also talks about how the trees used to be tall on the island, but this was long ago when the gods Tumaiyowit and Mukat ruled the place.
Tumaiyowit "wished people to die" while Mukat didn't. Eventually Tumaiyowit went down to the underworld.
Anyway! Karana eventually gets her gear together and makes poles for the sides and the roof.
Foxes and dogs come around scavenging for food. Karana kills two of the dogs, but not the leader.
Once the house is built, Karana starts to make other things she'll need to survive. She weaves a basket for water and makes some utensils. She also digs a fire pit in the house and carves out shelves in the rock. Seriously impressive.
Karana finishes all her work by winter, and decides that it's now time to get rid of the wild dog pack.
But she has to make more weapons. She first constructs a much larger bow and sharper arrows. She then must make a spear, which she does, but she still needs a point for the spear.
To finish the spear, Karana needs the tooth of a sea elephant. But how will she manage to get that? The men usually catch the sea elephant with a net.
Karana doesn't know how she'll catch the sea elephant, but the more she thinks about it, the more stubborn she is about going after the sea elephant with or without a net.