Anna and Nathan’s worlds collide when they’re reluctantly paired up for a week-long canoe trip with a group of preteens they barely know. After disaster strikes and the 12-year-olds are separated from the others, they find themselves lost in the Canadian wilderness at the mercy of the elements and woodland residents. Though they have food, shelter and a canoe, they have no map, only one paddle and can’t agree what to do next.
Anna reasons they should stay and wait for rescue, but Nathan harbours a painful secret that makes him desperate to get home.
Their predicament peaks with a betrayal, after which each of them comes face-to-face with their greatest fears and is forced to summon the courage they never knew they had.
But what good is courage now that there’s a rift between them? How will they ever get out of the deep trouble they’re in?
It depends on them. If they’re willing to help each other with personal problems, such as disharmony at home or trouble making friends, and if they can rebuild trust and cooperate with one another, they might just realize this adventure isn’t so unbearable after all.
Maybe they’ll even discover what’s up with that mysterious blue heron.