Spring 1651: a young man from Paris lands in Trois-Rivières on the St. Lawrence River. Within weeks, the course of his life changes drastically when Iroquois braves capture him. Pierre-Esprit Radisson, then 15 years old, begins a new life. Canoeing rivers and lakes and portaging over mountains, Radisson's captors take him to distant lands where first they torture him and adopt him as their brother.
Radisson then becomes the Iroquois Orinha, goes to war with his new brothers, and learns the life and the ways of his new family.