The Panama Canal is a 40-mile chain of deep channels, thousand-foot locks and man-made lakes stretching over the Continental Divide from sea to sea. Since its completion in 1914, the canal has changed the political and physical geography of the planet. The story of the building of the Panama Canal is one of power, personality, technology, political deception and the tragic death of thousands. Actor Dennis Quaid narrates PANAMA CANAL: THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD. This era in history is illuminated through the use of archive film footage, dramatic recreations and interviews with the children and grandchildren of Canal workers.