Cole Matthews has been stealing, fighting, and lying for years. His attack on a classmate has left him with permanent damage and Cole in big trouble. To most, Cole seems beyond hope. But, he's offered a sentencing alternative called Circle Justice, based on Native American tradition. He is banished to a remote Alaskan island, where he attacks the Spirit Bear of Native American legend—and the clumsy assault ends with Cole mauled nearly to death, desperately clinging to the life he has tried so hard to waste. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's life, but it is this attack that is the start of Cole's journey to accepting responsibility saving his soul.