The morning after the pub burns down and a local drunk is killed, Alaskan musher Jessie Arnold (Murder on the Yukon Quest,
1999, etc.) gets a call from Anne Holman, whom Jessie knew ten years ago, asking for help and a place to stay. When Jessie picks her up, she realizes that Anne has undergone some ugly changes. Even before arson investigator Mike Tatum identifies Anne as a suspect in another fire that killed two boys, Jessie knows Anne is hiding something. But is Anne lying because she's a victim of her husband's sadistic abuse or because she's a pathological murderer? When Tatum's overbearing obsession with her houseguest provokes Jessie, despite her misgivings, into helping Anne on a mysterious errand, they find a ten-year-old corpse, and Jessie hopes the worst is over. The night they return, however, a fire levels Jessie's cabin, and Anne disappears in the uproar. A few nights later, Jessie is drugged, abducted, then returned to her bed. Another fire, another death, and then Tatum is found dead, shot with Jessie's gun. Now a suspect herself, Jessie marches off to confront the arsonist. The showdown, involving yet another fire, snowmobiles riding to the rescue, twisted marital devotion, and self-immolation, does little to clear up all the death and destruction that preceded it.
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