Andy Dye and his wife Vicki have lived the good life for the last decade, enjoying all the luxuries they could afford courtesy of Vicki’s job running her own recruitment company and Andy’s building firm which also employed 21yr old daughter Charlotte and her boyfriend Tom. Along with 13 yr old daughter Courtney, they all live in Essex.
As the recession hit, Andy’s building business collapsed, leaving 3 of them out of work, and Andy questioning whether or not all the hard work was all worth it and whether the 3 car, 3 holiday lifestyle is what he wants anymore. So he persuades the family to leave their creature comforts behind and join him on a life changing adventure of 3 weeks on the deserted island. Here they will face the ultimate family test and re-evaluated their lives.
The family are catapulted 10,000 miles to the island of Anariki in Kiribati in the North Pacific and find themselves in a beautiful paradise. But during the first three days when they are left to cope alone, the family struggle to find any island food to supplement their tinned supplies. As their last banana rots in the sun, there are tears as Vicki wonders if they should have ever agreed to come and Andy feels guilty for bringing the family here. Things start to look up after local guide Patriki teaches them how to forage and fish as well as build a comfier shelter, but a trip to a nearby island to meet the local villagers results in a great family row. They are given the gift of a pig but it triggers a heated debate about whether or not it should make the pot, and leaves Andy frustrated that none of them will fully embrace the experience in the way he hoped or imagined.