A young housecat named Rusty runs away from his owners and becomes Firepaw, and apprentice to a colony of feral cats called ThunderClan.
The first book of the Original series is called Into the Wild. The cover can be seen under New Pictures. The following is from the back of the book:
"Fire alone can save our clan......."
For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan growers stronger everyday. Noble Warriors are dying - and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty... who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all."
Rusty, a house cat who lives by the forest, dreams of going into the forest. One day, he goes into the forest and a warrior apprentice named Graypaw jumps on him and fights Rusty. Rusty and Graypaw soon become fast friends, but then Bluestar, the leader of ThunderClan, who lives in the forest around that area, comes in and invites rusty to join her Clan. Rusty says he'd think about it, and the warrior cats walk away. The next day, Whitestorm, another warrior of ThunderClan, comes to get Rusty's answer. Rusty agrees to joins the Clan, and they go back to their camp. Once there, Rusty fights a young warrior called Longtail, and when he wins, he is accepted into the Clan. He then takes on the name Firepaw, because of how his fur looks in the sunlight. A few moments later, Ravenpaw, another apprentice of Thunderclan brings news that Redtail, the deputy of Thunderclan, is dead. Ravenpaw says that Redtail was killed by Oakheart in a battle for sunningrocks, and then faints in the camp clearing. Later, Bluestar appoints Lionheart to be the new deputy of Thunderclan. The next day, Firepaw and Graypaw go out with their mentors to see the rest of ThunderClan territory. Firepaw learns how to stalk and catch prey, and eventually he catches his first mouse. Two moons later, Firepaw is on his first solo hunting task when he meets a rouge she-cat on ThunderClan territory named Yellowfang. Firepaw and Yellowfang get into a fight, but eventually Firepaw catches prey for her and him to eat. Bluestar and her patrol catches him, and they take Yellowfang back as a prisoner. It turns out that Yellowfang had originally been Shadowclan's medicine cat. Firepaw is punished for feeding Yellowfang and himself on a hunting expidition (which is against the warrior code) by having to take care of Yellowfang. When his punishment is over, Firepaw has his first assesment to asses his hunting skills so far. Tigerclaw, one of the warriors of Thunderclan, sends Firepaw to hunt near the Twolegplace where Firepaw was born and he meets up with Smudge, a kittypet who is Firepaw's friend when Firepaw used to be a kittypet. When Firepaw gets back, Tigerclaw accuses him of not being loyal to ThunderClan by talking to a kittypet. When Firepaw says how now that he talked to smudge he knows what would would've happened if he hadn't left his twolegs, and he says he's glad. Bluestar lets him go, and she invites Graypaw, Firepaw and Ravenpaw to the gathering that night because of how well they hunted. At the gathering, Ravenpaw tells other apprentices at the Gathering about the battle of sunningrocks, but he says that instead Redtail killed Oakheart. Brokenstar, the leader of ShadowClan, later at the gathering proclaims that the other clans have to give Shadowclan more territory because they have hungery kits to feed. He also adds that there is a rouge she-cat in the forest that is dangerous to kits, and seems to be pointing to Yellowfang. Firepaw rushes back to camp after the gathering ahead of everyone else to make sure Yellowfang is ok, and also to tell her to leave in case ThunderClan wants to get rid of Yellowfang becasue of what Brokenstar said at the Gathering. When the other cats get back Bluestar says that Yellowfang would not be harmed in any way.
The next day Bluestar declares that she needs to go to the moonstone, and she invites Firepaw, Graypaw, Ravenpaw, and Tigerclaw to come with her. When they get to mothermouth, Bluestar, Tigerclaw, and Firepaw go into the cave, and Graypaw and Ravenpaw keep watch. On the way through the tunnel, Tigerclaw hurries back up the tunnel, and his fear- scent is overwhelming. When the party gets to the moonstone, Bluestar presses her nose to the stone and goes to sleep. When she wakes up, she and Firepaw quickly hurry back to the entrance to the tunnel and the party starts on the return journey. On the way back, they meet Barley, a loner who lives at a barn on the edge of WindClan territory. He tells the traveling cats that they should go a different way because dogs run around that way during that day. Using the path Barley suggested, they get attacked by rats in a ravine, and barley come back to help. Bluestar loses a life, and they hurry back to camp.
When they get back to camp, they find out ShadowClan attacked their camp while Bluestar and the others were gone. Lionheart is killed in the battle, and so is an elder, Rosetail, and Tigerclaw becomes deputy. Going out of camp as a suggestion from Yellowfang to roll in some wild garlic to help the rat bites from the battle on the way back from the moonstone. While out there, Tigerclaw is meeting with Darkstripe and Longtail, two of Tigerclaw's biggest supporters. Firepaw overhears Tigerclaw saying that while Ravenpaw was at the moonstone, he could've easily gone over to Shadowclan and told them that ThunderClan was defenceless while their leader was gone. When Firepaw gets back, Spottedleaf, the medicine cat of ThunderClan, tells him about a prophecy from StarClan: "Fire alone will save the clan." A few days later, Spottedleaf is found dead near her den, and Frostfur's kits missing. Yellowfang goes out to look for the kits, and soon the cats of Thunderclan think that Yellowfang stole the Thunderclan kits. Bluestar sends Firepaw to go find Yellowfang and bring her back alive. Firepaw brings Graypaw and Ravenpaw with him. Because it's not safe for Ravenpaw in Thunderclan now that many of the cats think he is a traitor to the Clan, Firepaw and Graypaw bring him to Barley where he can get away from ThunderClan and live in peace. Back on Yellowfang's trail, They trek into ShadowClan territory and find Yellowfang, who tells then that Yellowfang left when she saw the kits were missing. she tells then how Brokenstar stole kits from other clans to train them as warriors too young, and killed them. Yellowfang also tells them that there are some cats that don't like Brokenstar as leader, so she goes off to find them and help rescue the kits. A ThunderClan patrol comes and Firepaw tells them that Yellowfang was helping rescue the kits, not steal them, and that she was getting reinforecements to help fight off ShadowClan. When Yellowfang and the cats she gathered came back, all the cats go to the camp and attack. They find the kits and drive out Brokenstar and his closest warriors. Returning to camp, Yellowfang decides to stay with ThunderClan because they need a medicine cat, and Graypaw tells everyone what happened. They also reveal that, found on Spottedleaf, was Clawface's fur. Clawface, a ShadowClan tom, killed Spottedleaf and kidnapped Cinderkit, Brackenkit, Thornkit and Brightkit. Firepaw also adds that Ravenpaw is dead, killed by a Shadowclan patrol to lower suspision if any cat thought that Ravenpaw was a traitor. At the end of the book, Graypaw and Firepaw recieve their warrior names, Graystripe and Fireheart.
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