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The cliffnotes below detail events in the book as they occur.


Chapter 1

  • Pup is stalking a weasel.
  • Pup loses the weasel thinking about his Name.
  • Pup finds the weasel and catches it.
  • Pup's Mother-Dog tells him he is a fine hunter.
  • Pup thinks about how his sire was a dog.
  • Pup and Graceful walk back to their camp.
  • Pup overhears Bold and Fleet talking bad about him and Graceful.
  • Pup runs into Daring.
  • Daring and Strident snap and snarl at Pup.
  • Beta comes and tells Daring and Strident to go do something.
  • Pup decides as soon as he has his name he will challenge Daring, and he swears he will never be Omega.

Chapter 2

  • Pup talks to his half-brother, Quick.
  • Alpha is watching Pup.
  • The wolves Howl to the Great Wolf.
  • Alpha tears apart a Rabbit and calls Pup forward.
  • Alpha asks the other wolves to name him.
  • No wolf says anything.
  • Quick says they should name him Dog.
  • The whole pack loves the name, though Pup despises it.
  • Alpha says his name is Dog now.
  • Dog runs up to Quick and snarls at him.
  • Quick runs off to join the other wolves.
  • Dog tells himself he'd prove to them he is a good wolf.

Chapter 3

  • A full year has passed; it is Ice Wind once more.
    • By now, Dog is fully grown, powerful, and the leader of his own hunting patrol.
  • Dog, Noble, Daring, and Brave are hunting deer.
  • Daring and Brave ruin the plan by running at the buck too early.
    • The patrol only manages to catch the buck.
  • Noble and Brave quarrel with Dog.
    • Dog challenges Daring, even though he is already her superior.
    • Daring comes up with an excuse not to fight.
  • The patrol heads back to camp, and Dog is forced to carry the buck.
  • At camp, Dog argues with Graceful about his Sire-Dog.

Chapter 4

  • The next day, Dog, Quick, Brave, and Wise hunt. Quick leads the hunt.
  • They go to hunt sheep, but although Dog warns them of odd smells of other dogs, Quick dismisses him.
  • The wolves attack several sheep, but four Fierce Dogs come.
  • All the wolves but Quick escape, and Dog goes to save his half-brother.
  • The Fierce Dogs trap Dog and he passes out.

Chapter 5

  • Dog wakes in the Rancher's house, and is collared.
  • Calamity introduces herself to Dog, and decides to call him Wolf.
  • The Rancher comes inside, and Calamity acts submissive toward him.

Chapter 6

  • Dog eats the food and water provided to have strength to escape the Rancher's house.
  • Sundance introduces his Pack to Dog.
  • The Fierce Dogs hear howling outside, and Sundance orders his dogs to start wolf-hunting.
  • The wolves come back, and say that Dog's Pack has abandoned him.
  • Sundance tells Dog that he killed his Mother-Wolf
  • Dog grieves for Graceful. Calamity briefly tries to comfort him, before leaving him to mourn along.

Chapter 7

  • Dog is hit with the loudstick when he growls at the Rancher.
  • Dog gets a new collar that squeezes his neck when he tenses. Dog hates the new collar.
  • Sundance translates Rancher's orders for Dog
  • Dog slowly gets used to it. He begins to admire the Longpaw Fang's behavior and teamwork, and feels a tug obeisance toward his the Rancher's voice.
  • After about 15 to 20 days, Dog has learned all of the words by heart, and is offered his first treat.
    • Rancher changes Dog's collar, and Calamity tells Dog that he is doing a great job.
  • Dog gets to sleep with the other Longpaw Fangs that night, and he gets more food too.

Chapter 8

  • After several moons, Wolf is a Longpaw Fang, and has good feelings for Calamity.
  • That night, instead of clipping him to the leash, the Rancher assigns Calamity and Wolf to guard.
  • Before going, Sundance tells Calamity to keep an eye on Wolf.
  • Wolf enjoys guarding with Calamity. They race, and he asks her to be his mate.
  • They are interrupted by squawking, and Dog smells a coyote.
  • The coyote kills a hen. Wolf hesitates in pity for too long, and the other Longpaw Fangs come and kill it.
  • The Rancher comes outside, and Sundance tells Calamity and Wolf that they will be punished.

Chapter 9

  • Sundance tells Wolf and Calamity that they will be given scars.
  • Zorro and Belle have to hold Wolf down as Sundangce scars his paws, although Calamity accepts the scar without even being asked.
  • After the other Longpaw Fangs leave Wolf and Calamity, Wolf decides that he can't live with the Longpaw Fangs, and he asks Calamity to come with him.
  • Calamity says that she must stay with her family, but she tells Dog that he must go quickly. Calamity promises to give him a start before raising the alarm.
  • Wolf tries to escape through the hole in the fence, but it is stuffed with earth and stones.
  • Wolf jumps on top of the sheep shelter, then onto the fence as the Fangs chase him.
  • Wolf barely manages to reach the other side, and he runs for freedom.

Chapter 10

  • Wolf wanders on his own, and hopes to find a Pack.
  • Wolf hears a pup squeal, and he runs toward it.
    • He comes face-to-face with a giantfur, and he sees a dog pup is trapped between the roots of a pine.
  • Wolf defends the pup, and the Giantfur flees.
  • The pup introduces himself to Wolf as Snail, and asks to come with him.
    • Wolf doubtfully accepts.
  • Snail asks Wolf what his name is and, after thinking, the half-wolf says that it is Alpha.


Alpha's Tale Chapters
Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10
Survivors Cliffnotes
Survivors Books The Empty CityA Hidden EnemyDarkness FallsThe Broken PathThe Endless LakeStorm of DogsA Pack DividedAlpha's TaleSweet's JourneyMoon's Choice

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