St. Martin-Ellie's Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel. Ellie is a very special dog with a very important purpose. From puppyhood, Ellie has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog. She can track down a lost child in a forest or an injured victim under a fallen building. She finds people. She saves them. It's what she was meant to do. But Ellie must do more. Her handlers; widowed Jakob and lonely Maya, need her too. People can be lost in many ways, and to do the job she was born to do, Ellie needs to find a way to save the people she loves best. Author: W. Bruce Cameron. Hardcover: 208 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7653-7469-1. Imported.