Based on the novel "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. The movie opens up with Brian Robeson and his mother getting a package. She later gives it to Brian revealing it to be a hatchet at the airport. When Brian gets on the single engine plane with the pilot they have a short conversation. The pilot lets Brian fly the plane and Brian enjoys it. However, when the pilot has a heart attack and dies, the plane crashes in the wilderness of Canada, leaving Brian to try to survive, all while dealing with his parents' divorce.