A gripping young adult thriller set in the icy world of Antarctica.
On board The Polar Scientist Antarctic boffins are being held for their scientific knowledge of a genetic mutation causing infertility - which crosses from beasties to humans.
Kyle and his Spanish exchange-student girlfriend Jade get involved when Kyle gets a last-minute job for the Antarctic summer as a marine biologist, helping to count ele-seals. Activist Jade who is involved with the Red Herrings, an Internet cyber-protest group, emails daily. She doesn t realise she is being used .
Like the ele-seal, Kyle is big, and not what you d call handsome, and he s not aware of the rogues gallery of dodgy ship owners, until emailed by Jade who wants him to protest against threats to pristine Antarctica. Jade, who has changed her name from Esmeralda, is his first girlfriend and he doesn t want to lose her. In icy isolation, emails matter. Jade tells him about illegal fishing vessels, Patagonian tooth-fish poachers and the Red Herrings web chat-line.
After a crazy haircut, which is an Antarctic ritual like ice-dipping nude, Kyle is forced to face questions of mateship, issues ownership - and just how far to go to protect a friend, even one who calls you Big K . And, on board, the boffins face the dilemma of whether their scientific knowledge should be shared if others will misuse it.