Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler star in this family fantasy/adventure film based on Wendy Orr's novel. The main character is 12-year-old Nim (Breslin) who joins her scientist (Butler) father in visiting a South Pacific island. When her dad goes missing in a storm, she uses e-mail to request help from Alex Rover, the intrepid hero of an adventure novels she reads. Butler also portrays the literary character Alex Rover. When Nim's e-mail is received by Alexandra Rover (Foster), the author of the books, she travels to the island to see what she can do.