Nelson is forty-five years old. He has played the trumpet in the Air Force band for over twenty years. Nelson feels that he has not been able to achieve anything significant with his life. After his wife leaves him, he finds in a music contest the opportunity to become a famous artist. Through the promise of a potential promotion, the Air Force forces upon Nelson a trip to Antarctica. The trip overlaps with the date of the contest final round. He will have to choose between the contest and his military career.