Alice Peel's life unfolds smoothly in the shadow of her pioneering mother Margaret. Buth when her relationship collapses and Margaret is taken seriously ill, her ordered world falls apart. She accepts an invitation to join a small team heading south to Antarctica. In the tiny research station she meets James Rooker, a man on the run from his past. But as Alice experiences a momentous awakening that will change her life forever, the barren beaty around them threatens the group. And when they return to the everyday world, can the bond between them survive?