When the characters set off on their journey, it appears that a shared mission fuses the crew: searching for any signs of Sir John Franklin’s missing arctic expedition. Erasmus Wells, the expedition’s naturalist, joins the expedition to look out for his sister’s fiancé, Zeke, and to gather information on the natural history of the artic region. Throughout the book, Erasmus shows that he is interested in exposing the natural wonders of the Artic (with recognition), but he seems less concerned about potential fame. As the expedition continues, the tension between Erasmus and Zeke become apparent and I began to question Zeke’s motives for the expedition. In pursuit of personal glory, Zeke is willing to sacrifice the ship and the crew and nothing will satisfy his ambitions: "I want my name on something," he tells Erasmus. "Something big - is that so hard to understand? I want my name on the map." Erasmus busies himself with identifying the local flora and fauna while Zeke makes “elaborate maps of the coastline, naming every wrinkle” (as it turns out, Kane had visited “almost every place we went”). While they make discoveries of have contact with Esquimaux, the expedition is a failure in Zeke’s eyes. Zeke refuses give up his search for Franklin’s men and open polar sea – for Zeke, giving up on these goals means giving up on fame and fortune. Ultimately, Zeke’s selfishness and aspirations of fame put the expedition in jeopardy.