The men are slowly dying from the cold and lack of food, and to make matters worse, the ships are being attacked by a mysterious creature that is killing off crew members one by one. An Esquimaux woman appears and is taken in by the crew of the Terror. She is a mysterious figure, who cannot speak because her tongue has been chewed out. They call her “Lady Silence,” and she is a major cause of worry for the captain of The Terror because of her mysterious nature and actions.
The experiences of the crews differ because of the different ways the captains deal with the situation. The captain of The Terror spends his time worrying about the present, while the captain of The Erebus worries about the past.
I recommend this book to people who enjoy suspense, but who also have the maturity to handle some of the stronger themes.