This is the story of thirteen-year-old Dennis Johnson, his family and friends, and a few days in his life during a rainy summer on Gilford Island, British Columbia. Dennis is a Kwakiutl Indian-a member of an Indian nation that lives along the narrow, forested coast of the Canadian Pacific Northwest. The Kwakiutl are people of the sea. Fish and other food from the sea make up a large part of their diet and provide them with income. At this writing, there are about six thousand Kwakiutl Indians living in eighteen villages between Vancouver Island and the Canadian mainland. The Kwakiutl Nation is made up of many bands. Dennis is a member of the Kwicksutaineuk Band of Gilford Island, where some thirty families live. He and the other young people of Gilford attend a small school up along the channel of Gilford Island at Echo Bay-a forty-five-minute ride by boat. The school takes children from first through eighth grade. After children graduate from Echo Bay school, they go to a high school which is too far away for them to live at home.