In a quiet corner of Oxford, Alice Peel's life unfolds smoothly in the shadow of her pioneering mother Margaret. But when Alice's 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. There, in a tiny, claustrophobic research station, she meets James Rooker, a man on the run from his past. In this harsh silver and ice-blue world, a spark ignites between them. But as Alice experiences a momentous awakening t hat will change her life forever, the barren beauty around them threatens the group. And when they return to the everyday world, can the fragile bond between them survive?