PIONIRA runs no straight course from beginning to end. It hunts; in the hunting, it sometimes worries the same turtle in different waters, or different turtles in the same water, or even what turns out to be no turtle in any water. It finds itself at crossroads of curiosity, taking unexpected turns or taking off on other trails. It drinks often from the same streams, and slips on slippery stones. And it counts not the kill but what is learned of the territory explored.