Born in Annascaul, Kerry in 1877, Tom Crean (not the Bird) left home at 15 years of age and after a chance encounter with Robert Scott found himself on his first Antarctic expedition. Following in Crean's footsteps, Charlie 'I got homesick in America' Bird travels from Crean's birthplace in Kerry to Antarctica and ultimately to the South Pole revealing Crean's life story. Recounting Crean's second Antarctic expedition - again with Scott - aboard the 'Terra Nova', Charlie explores why, within a hare's breadth of reaching the South Pole, Scott turned Crean and two others back. And we learn of Crean's courage and fortitude as he undertook an impossible solo march to get rescue for his comrades. Trudging across the never-ending ice, Charlie discovers the true reality of that endeavour.