Traveller and naturalist Bob Bloomfield launches himself on an epic journey to retrace the landings of Captain Cook’s first circumnavigation in HMS Endeavour. However the journey to explore the science of the historic voyage and to trace its repercussions over 250 hundred years of history soon takes on a new perspective. As the journey sweeps through time and tangles with the ideas of the enlightenment more pressing contemporary themes emerge; the resurgence of indigenous identities and the crisis in global biodiversity. As the author explores the locations where Cook and his ‘supernumeraries’ collected specimens of natures' variety and made their observations, he struggles with the enormity of the impact on these fragile environments since european colonization. He begins to question if simply being there to witness and record the chages is enough. In an incredible journey Bob uncovers fascinating insights into nature, modern culture and into people. Bob also finds in the Wake of the Endeavour the lessons from nature that might also lead us towards a more sustainable future.