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Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Karana (Won-a-pa-lei) Timeline and Summary
While out collecting roots, Karana spots the ship on the horizon. Karana watches the negotiations between Captain Orlov and her father. When the contract doesn’t work out, Karana and Ulape watch the massacre of their people. Karana tells her brother Ramo he cannot return to the village for his fishing spear. When she sees Ramo isn't aboard the ship to the mainland, Karana jumps back into the ocean to return to the island for her brother. Karana journeys to the east in her canoe, but then returns to the Island of the Blue Dolphins when the canoe springs a leak. Happily escorted back home by dolphins, Karana decides the island will be her home until the white men return. Karana builds her house on the headland. Even though the native laws warning against women making weapons, Karana makes a new set of bow and arrows and a spear. Karana watches the fight between the young and old bull, when she goes out looking for sea elephant teeth. Karana sets a brush fire outside of the wild dogs' cave. She wounds the dog leader when he comes out of the cave. Karana nurses the dog leader back to health and names him "Rontu." Karana finds the necklace in front of the cave. Karana meets Tutok, and they become friends. She tells Tutok her secret name. Karana makes a circlet for Tutok. Karana is alone again on the island. Karana rescues an otter from the kelp bed, and names the otter Mon-a-nee. Mon-a-nee returns to the sea. Karana nurses a wounded gull. Karana meets with Mon-a-nee/Won-a-nee and her children. A big earthquake hits the island. The tidal waves crash over the island. The white men return to the island, but Karana misses the boat. Karana leaves the Island with missionaries.