Martin tells part of the true story of the crew of the explorer vessel Karluk surviving on barren ice and islands north of the Arctic Circle, for almost a year (1913-1914).
The Karluk was commissioned for exploration and study of the plants and people of the far north, but it was crushed in ice. Its crew struggled 100 miles to a small island, there to wait the return of the captain who sought help. This biography relates a remarkable struggle, but it is told with abject Naturalism. The crude Eskimo drawings fit the subject, but do not inspire. B&W photos show those who survived.