This one isn't even fair. On one side, we have a horde of mountain climbers: ambitious folks who've put their lives on hold in order to conquer Mount Everest. On the other, we have Everest herself: a nasty lass who isn't afraid of showing these young upstarts who's boss. Although the mountain climbers win many of the early battles in Into Thin Air, successfully ascending the mighty mountain, they quickly come to realize that ol' Everest isn't going down without a fight. Finally, when all the dust settles, we gain a better understanding of just how powerful the natural world can be—and how helpless humans are in the face of such power.