Lack of heating, proper washing, and hygeine caused many to grow sick at a fast rate. Without medicine, people had a high mortality rate and died at an early age from disease or viruses, especially nemonia or sedintary.
17 out of a pool of 10,000 applicants are chosen to be part of a live re-enactment of english settlement in the America's during the 17th century. These individuals are not trained actors but people who have romanticized period. The show is meant to educate people of the lifestyle and circumstances of early settlers. The narrator dictates the lives of early settlers and explains their circumstances while we watch the modern people try to reenact the 17th century community.
As the men are sailing, they slowly anticipate the meeting of other humans. The narrator describes the English perpective of the Americans as a desolate wasteland with wild people waiting to be conquered and saved.