Lourdes is a horticulturist and Cordo is a reporter. They have a happy marriage, so it comes as the greatest shock when Lourdes kills herself.
Even more disturbing is how she did it: By cutting out the baby from her stomach, then sailing out into the Pacific and setting herself on fire. No one can make any sense of it.
Cordo raises the baby but quickly finds himself overwhelmed with her difficulties. As she grows older, he starts to notice similarities between his daughter and Lourdes, both physical and mental.
But these similarities become too great to be mere coincidence. What was Lourdes doing in her lab at the university?
The answer is too terrible to be true.
Emiel Lane is an explorer and is used to pushing his limits. But watching his wife’s brutal murder in front of him sends him over the edge.
While locked away in a mental institution, Emiel’s exploration partners, Simon and Rainy, suffer a rough patch in their marriage and struggle to fix it.
After two years, Simon and Rainy are stunned when they are visited by Emiel, recently released and medicated, though for what he won’t say.
It isn’t important to him. What is important is the recently activated volcano underneath Bouvet Island in the Southern Ocean. Bouvet Island is an uninhabited antarctic island and the most remote place on earth.
Emiel has been hired by the geological surveys of several countries to go to this island and film the activities of the reawakened volcano. He invites his old friends to join him and share in the $16-million bounty they’ve been offered. Simon and Rainy are hesitant.
Is Emiel healthy and stable enough to go on another exploration? And if he isn’t, what is he capable of?