Over the next two years at the mining outpost, James, now called Logan, grows in strength and ability, but not in will. He allows the outpost’s cook, Cookie Malone, to bully and threaten him. Smitty, the foreman of the mining company, stands up Logan and chastises him for not standing up for himself. Logan is, however, developing a reputation for his hunting prowess and his generosity as he shares a deer kill he has made with a widow. Logan also seems to be slowly accepting his animal nature as he confronts a black wolf but then submits to the wolf’s position as pack leader.