Victor Frankenstein--the scientist who created the monster often incorrectly referred to as "Frankenstein"--dies from a severe case of pneumonia. Frankenstein contracts his case of pneumonia after chasing his monster into the Arctic and falling through a patch of ice into freezing water. A ship, captained by Robert Walton, rescues him. Racked by illness, Frankenstein asks Walton to assume the responsibility for his mission: killing the monster. Influenced by his men, however, Walton decides to return to England. Frankenstein dies from his illness before the return journey. Somewhat surprisingly, Walton later discovers the monster in Frankenstein's room, mourning over his creator's death. The monster shares some of his story with Walton and tells the captain he is ready to die as well. The monster departs to the North; he is never heard from again.