At the Russian base, Vostok, located in the coldest spot in Antarctica, scientists are drilling into a subterranean lake, located 3000 feet below the frozen surface. These scientists are testing elaborate drilling gear destined for eventual use on Jupiter s moon, Europa. Journalist Samantha Bloodworth has been sent to cover the operations when an underwater volcano located at Deception Island 1000 miles away explodes, causing vents to open all over Antarctica. A vent near the lake blows, trapping the scientists 3000 feet down in what will surely become their icy tomb. Samantha escaped however she is now alone and must make her way back to the surface and survive the hostile environment to find help aided only by a prototype robot named PEDRO, designed for work in outer space and being tested in rigors of Antarctica.