Lost while searching for food, a penguin is washed ashore near an abandoned antarctic expedition base. Shenanigans ensue as the penguin learns about human society from the artefacts left by the explorers. With his newfound albatross friend, the penguin attempts the journey back home by sea. Finding the rookery empty, the penguin searches for his missing family across the southern and northern oceans. After arriving in 1970’s England, the penguin, now known as Emperor, finds himself the toast of the town, but will fame  cause him to forget his family?