The Austin's have decided to move back to the country after more than a year away. Although they missed the security of life in Thornhill, Vicky is having a hard time getting back to her old life in the country. Life in New York City has changed her along with her travels around the country, while her old friends seem to have stayed the same. Vicky finds herself spending time with a new friend, Serena Eddington.
Aunt Serena gives Vicky an amazing birthday gift, a month long trip to Antarctica. Vicky is nervous but knows it's the opportunity of a life time, but she's never been away from her family before. Once she starts off on her journey she finds that the least of her worries. She receives threatening letters, and is surrounded by suspicious people. Vicky no longer knows who to trust, and she may not make it home alive.