On January 11, 2007, Sydney adventurer Andrew McAuley set out on a mission to become the first person to kayak from Australia to New Zealand.
After a lonely month at sea, this mission would end in tragedy. Whilst Andrew's body was never recovered, his kayak was, as were video tapes documenting his extraordinary and terrifying adventure. These recovered tapes, together with footage of McAuley's preparation and interviews with his support crew including wife Vicki McAuley, forms the basis of this moving story of McAuley's attempt to cross 1600km of one of the most treacherous and unforgiving oceans on Earth - the Southern Ocean stretch of the Tasman Sea.
Equipped with little more than food, medical supplies and a fiberglass capsule for sleeping, McAuley set out from Tasmania not knowing if he would see his wife Vicki and son Finlay again. After a month at sea, Andrew had successfully endured torturous conditions, encounters with great white sharks, salt sores, huge seas and a terrifying three-day Category 9 storm. With these things behind him, Vicki and Finlay made their way to New Zealand's south island to await his triumphant arrival. And it was then that New Zealand maritime authorities received Andrew's haunting distress call. From that moment, Vicki was forced to confront her worst nightmare.
Solo is a stirring psychological portrait of McAuley's unshakeable need to claim a first and to conquer the unknown - a need that would ultimately cost him his life.