The film follows a fictional narrative based on real life stories of sperm whale standings. The author Philip Hoare has theorised that some standings are caused by whales swallowing plastic, which eventually causes peritonitis as it starts to clog up their digestive system. Rose has an autoimmune disease that causes a similar form of obstruction, one of the symptoms of which is continuing nausea. She has been thinking about how to use her experience of long-term illness in her work, and she has been exploring how online identity technologies have transformed the experience of illness. In this work Rose is using her own experience of blogging as a diary of illness to create empathy or compassion for another being.