The Story So Far
Flashback: March 1834. Madness strikes the stranded
Arctica expedition. Inside the cramped camp tent, a man walks endless
circles around another man babbling to himself. Several bodies sprawl
on the floor. Another man, trembling uncontrollably, staggers about with
a whale-oil lamp. Huddled in a corner a man with horrible eyes and ghastly
pale skin rocks back and forth, several precious journals clutched against
Fade back to the present. It's winter. Inside the
modern workboat Lady Jane, three people examine these same journals.
WILLIAM, the Lady Jane's caretaker, picks one up and passes it
to CLAUDIA, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the Arctica's captain.
She in turn passes it to you.
After 170 years of silence broken only by rumors of cannibalism
and madness, Claudia is determined to learn exactly what happened to Captain
Torvey and his teenaged daughter, Perdita. She knows now that the tales
told by the Inuit are true: the expedition failed when its surviving members
went mad. But why?
As our story resumes, you and Claudia are trying to determine
exactly what caused madness to descend upon the doomed crew.
Go BACK if you want to re-examine the
CONTINUE if you are ready to solve the mystery.
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Science Mystery sponsored by Genentech, Inc.
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