The 12th edition of the reality series strands 16 people on various Panamanian islands to vie for the $1-million grand prize. At least one castaway per episode is banished to a separate island to live alone. While that isn't desirable, it does offer one advantage: on `Exile Island' there is a hidden immunity idol that, if found, can save a person from being voted out at tribal council. Players include a retired astronaut (Dan Barry), an author (Austin Carty) and a singer (Melinda Hyder).