You are excited like crazy about your first visit ever to Arizona, your mother’s native state? You touch down in Phoenix and drive north in a cool 4×4, only to find out that your mother dumps you in a summer camp crowded by geeks and hysterical girls.
The only thing you can think of is to get out there, as quick as you can!
That is exactly what 12-year-old Tom Vermont does. He speeds ahead of the group during a kayak trip. Out of sight, he tumbles down a waterfall and washes ashore unconscious. When a chopping sound revives him, he opens his eyes and is just in time to roll away to avoid a falling tree. It is then and there that he meets Jay Searchlong, a hostile young Navajo, sent out by the storyteller of his tribe to find his unknown father. The storyteller’s premonitions indicate that Tom should join Jay on his quest and despite their differences they set out together.
Are you expecting a successful trip and a happy ever after? Tough luck… There are forces out there assiduously trying to prevent Tom and Jay from ever finding Jay’s father, for finding him will forever change their mischievous world. And it is not just nature’s forces, but forces like the shape shifting coyote Billy C., who constantly tries to break up the boys fragile friendship. The boys have to fight bears and snakes, and brace themselves against thunderstorms and flash floodings.