Tintin sees a ferlie starn wheechin towart the Earth! A muckle bit meteorite plunks doon in the Arctic Ocean, and Tintin an his freens, set oot on a scientific expedition tae find it an recover the ootland metal it conteens. But there is waur tae come for the gallus reporter lad whan he learns that ill-deedie folk are heidin towart the meteorite forby.
A chunk of a huge meteorite lands close to the North Pole, sending Tintin on a voyage of scientific research. It possesses some strange extraterrestrial properties which take Tintin by surprise. But an even bigger problem faces him when unscrupulous forces head in the same direction.