The Vessens are a pretty normal family: Christian, the workaholic father, his wife Billie and their two kids Lenja and Timo. After 4 years, the Vessens are finally on holiday, sailing the Caribbean on a yacht. Although Captain Flynn and his run-down ship Ocean Queen are not quite what they were hoping for, they settle in for a relaxing cruise. Instead of calm waters, however, they find themselves on a life raft.
Pirates have captured the ship, and the Vessens, set adrift, are forced to leave Captain Flynn to his fate.
The desperate family eventually run aground on a deserted, palm covered island.
Thankful to be alive, they are forced into survival mode and must adjust to fending completely for themselves in the island’s harsh and unforgiving environment.
Christian dutifully resumes his habitual provider role, managing to crack coconuts open and barbecue lizards on a fire, but he fails miserably to corral any fish.
Their comparative serenity suddenly evaporates when Flynn, who had managed to escape the pirates, happens to chance upon the same island. It is a clash of lifestyle and temperaments: a hard working family father and a free-living, reckless outsider.
The contrast creates tension in the family, affecting Billie, who begins to question her boring materialistic lifestyle. She secretly admires Flynn’s brash and independent way of life. Christian at first tries to keep Flynn away from his family, but he soon realizes that only by working together can they hope to escape the island.
This change of heart toward teamwork is put to the test when the pirates recapture the captain. Now, only by rescuing Flynn can they assure their escape…and their survival.