An air of mystery surrounds Nancy, the new girl in David's class. She looks different, "foreign," and David finds her disturbingly attractive. At Nancy's insistence, they set out on a canoe trip to Red Ochre Island, a burial place of the Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland. They'll be involved in more than just a history assignment when they meet Dauoodaset, one of the last of the Beothuk. A sinister rendezvous awaits them on Red Ochre island.