The atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. At this time, Sadako was two years old. The story begins eleven years later. Sadako wakes up energetic and excited because she enjoys the celebrations of Peace Day.
Sadako loves to run. Her goal is to make the race team in junior high school. She practices daily, but notices that she often feels dizzy after running. In early autumn, Sadako collapses. At the hospital, her family learns that she has leukemia. The radiation poisoning from the atom bomb caused the illness.
Matt and his pa travel to Maine leaving the rest of his family at home. They build a cabin and plant corn on the newly purchased land. Matt’s pa leaves him in the wilderness to take care of the homestead while he returns to Quincy to bring the rest of the family.
A number of events happen to Matt while he waits for his family. First, a trapper named Ben shows up at the cabin one night. Matt feeds him. During the night, Ben runs off with Matt’s gun. Next, Matt leaves the cabin door unsecured. A bear comes inside and eats his provisions. As Matt tries to get honey from a hive, he is stung repeated. Continue Reading