Ornithologist Ben Jones arrives on Bird Island in sub-Antarctica with supervisor Graham as the only company. He loses his watch, has an encounter with a nesting mother bird and sets up a profile on a dating website.
Food supplies are running short at the base as the resupply ship is late arriving, with Ben and Graham resorting to taking a stock count. When a delivery finally does arrive, they have to contend with a drunk Italian.
Ben finds an injured seal pup which out on the ice, and takes it back to base to nurse it to health. He shares the progress via video conference with his parents where he finds his dad Robin is changing his name by deed poll.
Ben continues his search for a mate on the dating website. Graham reveals that a new member of the team will be arriving soon to join them to complete the Penguin census, leaving Ben unprepared for a third wheel.
Ben has received and enjoys a new, hard-to-open cereal bar. Some post has also been delivered to the wrong island, and Ben hears from his mother who's cat has gone missing. Graham ruins the end of Inspector Morse for Ben.
Ben is becoming addicted to playing solitaire as part of a morning routine. He also has the task of testing out a new coat for a product trial and heads for the cold outdoors. Jane is celebrating her birthday.
The bathroom lock has broken, which results in an embarrassing situation for Jane while Ben is taking a bath. Graham makes an attempt at teaching Ben how to abseil the ice cliffs as part of a safety course.
Ben makes the mistake of volunteering to collect seal faeces, and decides to enter a poetry competition. Graham announces that he has decided to leave the island and return home due to issues with his marriage.