Chronicling 30 years in the life of the famous explorer, this visual spectacle follows Cousteau (Wilson) as he pioneers the aqua-lung and underwater photography, before purchasing his boat and setting off to explore the oceans. When Cousteau’s son Philippe (Niney) returns after ten years away, he finds his father radically changed; now an international celebrity who exploits the seas for fame.

As Philippe tries to convince his father of the damage that humanity is having on the environment, the two men find themselves at odds during a tragic expedition to Antarctica