The film tells the story of the 16 out of 45 rugby team survivors from the Uruguayan flight 571 crash in the Andes mountains on October 13, 1972. The story is based on the survivors and the grouling 72 days they endured in the mountains. Dealing with the wounded, hunger and the low freezing temperatures. Ethan Hawk stars as Nando Parrado one of the survivors who lost his mother in the crash and his sister who survived the crash but died from her wounds.