A sterling, stoic adventure tracks through Hammond Innes country- the frozen desert, and although there are no elements of the unknown in the story itself, it's a stirring account. From Greenland's iciest mountains the wind sheers off to batter a British geophysical expedition of originally 11 men. Their hut is burned, their radio gone with it, and men are lost along with the necessary equipment. Tom Fife, committed to their rescue, makes one attempt just before the long night sets in-- he finds the site but not the men who have moved on in an effort to reach the coast. Meanwhile, at ome, political repercussions (the Russians distort the objective of the expedition) bring about the official veto of any further rescue activity but, somehow, although with increasing casualties, the party survives the winter and Fife eventually gets through. .... A minimal romance, Fife's with the daughter of a member of the expedition, provides a little antifreeze to a documentary of endurance with some hot old excitement.