Here is a summary of the story from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Build_a_Fire
An unnamed man sets out to hike through the forests bordering the Yukon River on a winter day whose temperature has reached -75°F (-59°C). Having ignored the advice of an old prospector against traveling alone in such weather, he is accompanied only by his large husky dog. The animal's instincts warn it about the dangers of the extreme cold, and it follows the man unwillingly. As they follow the course of a frozen creek, the man is careful to avoid patches of thin ice, hidden by the snow, that cover pockets of unfrozen water. His goal is to reach a group of prospectors ("the boys") at their camp by 6:00 that evening.
At half past noon, the man stops and builds a fire so he can warm up and eat his lunch. Shortly after resuming his hike, he breaks through the ice and soaks his feet and lower legs ("half-way to the knees"), forcing him to stop and build another fire—this one under a tree—in order to dry himself. As he pulls twigs from the brush pile around the tree to feed the flames, the vibrations eventually cause the snow to tumble down from the branches overhead and extinguish the fire. The man quickly begins to lose sensation in his extremities and hurries to light another fire, now starting to understand the life-threatening danger posed by the extreme cold. He lights the fire, igniting all of his matches and burning himself, but accidentally pokes it apart while trying to remove a piece of moss. With no more matches on hand, the man tries to kill the dog and use its insides for warmth, but his hands are so stiff that he can neither strangle it nor draw his knife. Finally he tries to restore his circulation by running toward the camp, but stumbles and falls in the snow. The man dies of hypothermia, imagining himself standing with "the boys" as they find his body, and the dog leaves the body after dark to find food and shelter at the camp.
My students really enjoyed the story. When listening to audio books I am always very surprised how much my students can pick up from only listening. After lunch we continue a discussion about the story and we also watched a short animated video to help students visualize what was happening throughout the story. Other than a few small details the animators who created this video did a great job of doing a visual representation of the story.