It is the 1980s and Adam is a journalist in Barrow, Alaska. When three grey whales get stranded in the ice caps, the event becomes the story of the year. Greenpeace worker and ex-girlfriend Rachel (Drew Barrymore) arrives to formulate a rescue. Together with Adam and an Alaskan native boy Nathan, they work together to keep the ice from freezing over the whales.
The drama attracts all sorts of personalities, such as an ambitious and self-centered journalist from the big city Jill (Kristen Bell), an oil tycoon (Ted Danson) who Rachel hates, an Air Force pilot Col. Scott Boyer (Dermot Mulroney), a White House aide Kelly Meyer, and two guys from the Midwest who are inventors of a de-icing machine. The plan is to cut across the ice forming small pools that the whales can access one by one, until they are led out into the open sea. Only a high ice wall blocks them from freedom, which can only be demolished by a big ice-breaking ship. Despite the Cold War, America calls on a Russian ship for help. The whales, albeit one, survive, and the world rejoices. Adam despite earlier plans of leaving the small town decides to stay, and rekindles a romance with Rachel.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a feel-good movie showing the compassion that people always have for animals.
Best scene in story:
When the whales followed the rescuers lead, and started moving from pool to pool.
Opinion about the main character:
Adam wanted a more prestigious life away from Barrow, but is humbled after the rescue.