Mikan thought she was helping. With her master gone, she knew it was up to her to continue her medical studies and give help to whoever needed it. When someone on the colony needed help, she ran off to help them. She was even helping a slave when it started to snow. Some others came to take the slave away, but it left Mikan alone.
The poor young woman tried to find her way back, but with her clumsy luck, she wandered off instead of towards the colony. It was an easy mistake. All around her was white, so it was hard to find where to go. She thought she saw a house, so she quickly ran towards it, hoping it was part of the colony.