Tom's mother leaves Tom, against his will, in a summer camp in Arizona. During a kayak trip he speeds ahead and tumbles down a waterfall. When he comes to, he meets Jay Searchlong, a young Navajo, sent out by the storyteller of his tribe to find his unknown father. Clues given by the storyteller tell the boys that they should team up and Tom decides to join Jay on his quest. During their journey they meet special, but strange people and they get tangled up in native American myths and legends. At the end of a journey full of spine-chilling adventures, Tom and Jay find out the stunning truth about Jay's father and about themselves.