The investigators first hears about the expedition and contact Starkweather and Moore. They offer to sponsor the expedition with large sums of money for a chance to participate. One of them is an experienced pilot and thus becomes a part of the expedition.
The investigators spend their time preparing for the journey. They take cues from the legendary polar explorer Amundsen and spend a month with the Innuits to learn how they deal with the extreme wheather conditions that are in store for them.