While picking blackberries one summer day, a young woman steps in a pile of bear dung. Disgusted, she curses the bears. Two black bears overhear her complaints and decide to teach her a lesson. They take her to their village, where she's forced to marry the Bear Chief's nephew. Slowly, she becomes accustomed to her strange new life, but she longs for her old life and her brothers, who still search for her. Will they ever find her? And what happens if they do? Gorgeous illustrations depict the young woman's life with the bears, an experience that transforms her in unexpected ways.