To start with, Alex and Debbie’s first voyage to the Antarctic looked to be plain sailing in every sense of the term. However, it wasn’t long before news began to trickle through that on the other side of the world a calamity was unfolding that was taking the lives of millions of people, and now, in its unstoppable advance, it was threatening the lives of every remaining human on the planet. Would, whatever it was, eventually arrive to kill them – and all the others aboard their pocket-size cruise ship – or would they be able to avoid its deadly embrace. Would they simply be amongst the very last to succumb, or would they survive?
Then something broke the surface of the water. It was the head of a serpent. But then Alex realised what it really was; a leopard seal, and it was now gliding towards the subject of its interest.