A Sojourn is a rite of passage for boys when they reach a certain age. It is no different for Chief Howling Wolf’s son, Red Deer. For Howling Wolf, the separation becomes even more painful when the village Shaman, Bright Moon, tells him that while most boys return within a year, his son will be gone five summers. In the beginning, Red Deer looked at this as an adventure, but the days drag on until he meets Great Buffalo. At first, the two boys were adversaries, but circumstances molded them into friends. Their travels took them and their friends into the South Pacific where they are faced with new foes, riverdragons (saltwater crocodiles) among them.