Walter Mitty is a constant daydreamer who works in the Photography department at Life Magazine. He is deeply in love with his co-worker, Cheryl, who may not even know he exists. A corporate jerk, Ted, starts taking over the office and announces to everyone the end of the print edition of Life Magazine. Walter has been tasked with bringing Ted the cover photograph, from esteemed world-traveling photographer Sean O'Connell... but when Walter looks for the particular negative, he finds it missing from the roll. Walter is faced with two choices: continue to live his safe and humdrum life, or go out into the scary unknown to try to find Mr. O'Connell before Ted finds out that the cover photo is missing. He heads off to Greenland, using O'Connell's other photographs as clues to determine his location. When he arrives in Greenland, he just misses Sean, who took off on a boat to Iceland that morning. A drunken pilot offers to take him in his tiny helicopter over the ocean, and Walter uses the thought of Cheryl to give him confidence to continue to reach out into the unknown, solve the mystery, and become the daring explorer that he always fancied himself to be.
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