In the exposition, Stephen and his dad are introduced at main characters traveling through the wastelands. Stephen's gandpa died shortly before the book started so Stephen and his dad are all alone. They are travelign along a path when they finally come along a plane that has crashed. They go inside of it to salvage it for resources.
- Slavers arrive at the plane and Stephen and his dad are forced to hide until they leave. - Stephen and his dad attempt to free two slaves that the slavers have tied up in the plane, but accidently wake up the slavers. -The slavers begin to chase Stephen and his dad with guns and weapons as they flee the airplane. -Stephen's dad slips and falls about 20 feet into a river and hits his head, knocking him out. - Stephen finds his dad farther down the river and realizes he's still alive, but won't wake up. -Stephen is discovered by a group of people that capture Stephen. -The people that captured Stephen take him and his dad back to a small town callecd Settler's Landing. - A doctor in the town checks on Stephen's dad and finds out he is in a deep coma. - Stephen gets in trouble multiple times in the town, threatening to be thrown out of the town. -Stephen gets in trouble again and decides to leave Settler's Landing.
After a prank played by Stephen and Jenny on Settler's Landing goes bad, they declare war on Fort Leonard. Settler's Landing then hires the Slavers to help them fight in the war, but they realize that the slavers are bad. A war is then fought between them and the slavers and most of the town is burned down.
After the war in Settlers Landing, the conflict is resolved. The towns people are now rebuilding the log cabins and Stephen is now teaching the kids at school on the weekends. Jenny decided to go on her new horse over the mountain to see whats over the mountain and whose out there. Now, Settlers Landing is Stephens home now and there is nothing to worry about.