Scientist and intrepid explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot laid the foundations for polar research. At the dawn of the twentieth century, on board his laboratory ship, the Pourquoi Pas? [Why Not], he carried out groundbreaking scientific research. His findings are still being used by today’s researchers in their study of the current climate disruptions. From his first Antarctic expeditions to his tragic end in Arctic waters, this film tells the remarkable story of a quiet hero.