Olivia Russell, whose husband is an often absent screenwriter, is going through a difficult period. Her rebellious teenage daughter wants the family to move to California, where Pat Russell works most often, and where he has paid a deposit on a posh new home. Olivia, Liv, and her young son love their lakeside summer home a few hours drive from their home in the city. As the marriage reaches a crisis point, Liv and her son return to the lake home in the dead of winter and encounter some of the local "bad guys" who are raiding the closed homes in the area. Liv has no weapons except her wits and her determination to save herself and her son. I could not put this book down for the last two hundred pages as she encountered physical and psychological torture at the hands of her captors. Her husband and daughter, who finally realized that the family is all important, encounter a terrible blizzard as they try to reach the lake. It seems they may not make it in time. Tabitha King is a fine story teller.