When Char Simmons’s ex-husband disappears while their daughter, Abby, is struggling with a serious illness, Char is angry and upset — and knows enough about why he might be missing to also be afraid. Hoping to stay out of whatever trouble her ex-husband has gotten himself into, Char brings Abby to a lake home in northern Minnesota to recover. The “lake home” is an isolated cabin in the remote, snow-covered woods, and Char is determined to do everything she can to make it a safe refuge for herself, her daughter, and their little Pomeranian.
Her determination is shaken when she meets Max Wilson, a federal agent on leave, who finds out that Char’s ex-husband is under investigation. Though initially suspicious, Max ends up helping Char and Abby untangle their problems so that all of them can reach their happily ever after.