Set in Antarctica, Richard John Forbush, a biologist, has been assigned to a one-man base at the southernmost penguin rookery to make a detailed study of the birds and their mating ritual. As he works, observing the penguins almost hopeless struggle for survival, he becomes grimly aware that nature is totally indifferent to him, to them, remaining an entity unto herself. The ""Lord of the Penguins"" realizes that he must reconcile himself to his place in the scheme of things before he leaves. There is a tremendous description of an almost fatal blizzard, a sad/funny visit from some bumbling Americans, and an immense amount of fascinating scientific detail and nature lore. An intelligent, sharp and arresting small novel.