"In the winter of 1911-12, five Englishmen and five Norwegians raced each other to the bottom of the earth. Only the five Norwegians returned." Terra Nova is drawn from the journals and letters of adventurer, Captain Scott, who in 1911 led a British expedition to the South Pole. Captain Scott's rival, Roald Amundsen, is also making his way to the South Pole leading the Norwegian team. Refusing the use of sled dogs as unsporting, Scott and his team struggle to drag their heavy gear across a frozen wasteland with the full knowledge that their suffering and possible deaths may be their only reward.