In the North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, the traditional hunting of seabirds and pilot whales–a way of life that has been in existence for hundreds of years–continues to this day, providing needed food for their people. However, many of the local population fear that this way of life can’t continue. The local species of seabirds are in catastrophic decline as plastic flotsam fills their stomachs and the pilot whales are found to be highly contaminated with mercury and PCBs.

When a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten to undermine the basis of their culture forever. After spending nearly thirty years studying the islands’ children, toxicologist Dr. Pal Weihe now reports that consuming the contaminated whale meat could cause permanent cognitive impairment to children, even in the womb, and may be linked to the islands’ high rate of Parkinson’s Disease, as well as many other health problems. As the islanders come to terms with the health revelations, as well as pressure from the outside world about their way of life, they have to come to a decision that may change everything they have ever known.