When she causes a horrible accident, Roz discovers a lone surviving goose egg, and she protects that fragile case until it produces her adopted son, Brightbill. Yet, geese and robots are entirely different from each other, so she enlists the gifts of all the island creatures to help her raise her baby. The beavers' engineering skills provide shelter and a new foot, while Chitchat, the squirrel, offers companionship.
Life on the island means snow in the winter and migrating to the south when fall turns cold. For Roz, the adventure on the island is an easy life compared to what is coming, to the arrival of RECO. This chapter book is both science fiction and animal fantasy, nature story and environmental study. As a reader who typically does not enjoy these genres, Roz tugged at my heart with her surprisingly human nature, and I can't wait to read the sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes, when it arrives on bookshelves in March. This adventure story is one that touches the reader in ways that I never expected, and Brown's illustrations provide a minimalist perspective to frame the story.