From 1949 to 1979, thirty years in the life of captain Jacques-Yves
Cousteau, the famous researcher, scientist, inventor, filmmaker whose
greatest achievement is to have made the general public more curious –
and accordingly closer – to the sea. A genius, a leader of men and a
charismatic opinion maker, Cousteau was not without defects, his being
unfaithful to ever-supportive wife Simone for example or else his
vainglory…, but let him who is without sin cast the first stone. The
spectator leaves Cousteau in mid-1979 at the worst time of his life: his
favorite son, Philippe, has just died in the crash of a plane he was
piloting. The dashing conqueror of the sea has suddenly become a broken
old man, tempted to discouragement but his eldest son Jean-Michel is by
his side to help him overcome his grief and go on with his mission…