The flickering lamps cast an eerie light on the faces of the men at the graveside. Luke stood with his head bowed beside the coffin of his friend John Torrington. Just nine months before, crowds had cheered as the men of Sir John Franklin's Arctic expedition sailed from England. But now their two ships were trapped in a dark, freezing world. Luke was beginning to wonder if he would ever see his home again.
"It's as if he's just unconscious," whispered Owen Beattie. The anthropologis gazed in awe at the perfectly preserved body of John Torrington. Nearly 140 years ago this young sailor had been part of the greatest expedition ever sent in search of the Northwest Passage. Could his lonely grave help to unravel the mystery of why two ships and 129 brave sailors vanished into the bitter cold of the long Arctic night?