James Cook sets sail on the history-making adventure in search of a great southern continent.
Cook sets sail on the history-making adventure in search of a great southern continent. If Britain can find and map it, they can claim it for the Empire. Cook takes on board an additional passenger, Polynesian priest and fellow navigator Tupaia. Cook's first encounter with New Zealand's Maori is a disaster, so he turns to Tupaia who acts as go between for later landings. In circumnavigating New Zealand, he proves it is not the Great South Continent. Continuing east into the unknown and landing in Botany Bay, Cook is challenged by what he encounters-Australia's flora, fauna and Indigenous people. Cook's landing will make him an iconic figure in modern history, but not unless he can navigate his way out of the maze of the Great Barrier Reef-the potential disaster that could kill them all.