Relatively little has been told of Bering -- and this is the story of his last voyage, in 1791, the voyage from which he did not return and died a victim of scurvy. The tale is told from the viewpoint of Laurentz Waxell, son of Bering's second in command, leader of the mission after Bering's death. Young Laurentz, too, played a leader's role over the dwindling group of men, their ranks ravaged after the gruelling 9-year trek across Siberia to Alaska. Cold, starvation, disease added to their difficulties, but the fanatic zeal of Bering provided incredible determination against odds. Voyage Into Darkness reveals this zeal of Bering, the anguish of his men, the hostile and oppressive climate into which they ventured.