Neither totally of the Nordic world or of the Ojibwe, Francis Benoit lives his life as an outsider, both suspicious of and suspected by others. His father was Jacques Benoit, a famous voyageur whose search for the Northwest Passage to the far east has taken him far from the safety of the Frankish/Nordic realm – you have not heard from or of him in years, and he is presumed dead. His suspected involvement in the theft of a set of birch bark sacred scrolls from the Black Bear Clan led to his banishment from the clan.

He is a member of the New Brevik Travelers and is linked to Pikko Laandi, an experienced and well known thief who makes his home among the Cliffsiders on Isle Royale. He carries the Sling of Naniboujou.