After that harrowing, dramatic rescue, Orpal and the kids remained in seclusion for several days, seeing no one, speaking to no one, not even to each other. They’d been through too much, and it would be a long time until they fully recovered. Once they did, however, life went on pretty much as usual. Karen became an interior designer. Ricky dabbled in paints. Orpal herself lived a quiet life on the plains of Montana, where she learned to excel at calf-roping, candle-making and needlework. You would never have known, from meeting any one of them or even getting to know them well, about either the shipwreck or the cannibalism.