How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior follows crochety eighty-five year old Veronica McCreedy to the Antarctic where she becomes enthralled with the penguins. This hadn't been a plan for her latter years, but after finding out about the scientific team studying penguins she thinks this might be a good venture to benefit from her fortune and estate in Scotland. Without any living relatives she anticipates adding them to her will on her return to Scotland. In the meantime she discovers she has a grandson, Patrick, who has been quite happy to live on government benefits and work just one day a week at a bicycle shop. In the process of her adventure Patrick and Veronica find out more about each other and how important family and connections are.