The Fall Wars has caused the collapse of human civilization. Written into legend; the USS John Steinbeck was lost with all hands. Nobody could've known the United States Flagship became wrecked in Antarctica.
Now, with the nuclear reactor dying, and electricity dwindling, the horror of lasting through winter settles heavily on their minds. The survival of the descendants of the original crew hangs in the balance. One man hatches an audacious plan. To survive, Richard Gabriel must evacuate his family and escape the claws of the looming blackout. His plan is to sail to Australia. But for Richard, the reality of the Australia he'd learned about, is far from the images that live in his mind.