One Woman's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole.
This is the dramatic and inspiring true story of Dr Jerri Nielsen, the physician stranded at a South Pole research station whose amazing rescue in October 1999 made headlines around the globe.
Jerri Nielsen was a forty-six year old doctor working in Ohio when she made the decision to take a year's sabbatical at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station on Antarctica, the most remote and perilous place on earth. The "Polies", as the inhabitants of the research station are known, live in almost total darkness for nine months of the year, in winter temperatures as low as 100 degrees below zero, with no way in or out before the spring.
As the physician for 41 researchers, construction workers and support staff, Jerri Nielsen's job was to keep the "Polies" mentally and physically fit, amidst harsh conditions that induce hypothermia and hypoxia, almost complete sensory deprivation and dangerous work.
This is Jerri Nielsen's own account of her experience as a "Polie", the sea change as she becomes "of the Ice", and finds that she would rather be on Antarctica than anywhere else on Earth. It is also a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment, and a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity.
But at its core is a powerfully moving drama of love and loss, of one woman's voyage of self-discovery and courage, and a very personal struggle for survival.