The castaways did their best to make a new life on the rugged coast. One of their early decisions was to use what remained of the ship’s rigging to build a settlement safe from the poisonous snakes, and marauding wolves that filled this strange land. By taking to the trees they also could keep a clear eye seaward and prepared beacons if a ship might happen to appear on the horizon. They even began to grow boxed gardens on their elevated dwelling platforms. Yes; floods, snows, and predators all were accounted for. They were ready for anything. Then came the beaver invasion.