A film by photojournalist, Gene Anthony. In 1978, Gene achieved a personal quest. His sea story takes us on an inspirational odyssey aboard a tall ship across the Pacific to Cape Horn Island at the very southern tip of the Americas. Narrated by Peter Coyote, narrator for many of Ken Burns PBS documentaries.
The film uses camera moves on Gene's inspiring collection of photographs to capture his lifelong fascination with all things nautical, his highly successful career as a maritime photojournalist, and his triumphant journey to the very summit of Cape Horn Island. Along the way we learn quite a bit of history about Cape Horn, cross the Pacific aboard the Chilean Navy's four-masted barquentine, Esmeralda, sail aboard an Alden schooner with San Francisco Poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and meet legendary cruising pioneer and sailing author, Hal Roth fighting to rescue his yacht, Whisper from a shipwreck at the bottom of the world. And with each of these adventures, we experience the resolution, tenacity, and faith that made Gene Anthony's odyssey to Cape Horn Island a reality.