Set against the backdrop of the birth of Norway’s oil industry, the drama follows four young adults whose lives are forever changed by the discovery of black gold in the country.
Phillips Petroleum have been contracted to drill one final hole, but the company is reluctant to throw good money after bad and they send an ambitious young lawyer to Stavanger to wind things up. The town, however, is desperate for one last chance – it lives off fish and the North Sea is emptying out.
In the end, Phillips finally agrees to try one more hole, and the night before Christmas 1969 the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. The largest sub-sea oil basin in history has just been discovered and everything is about to change.