As a blizzard howls from the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family house.  Stanley Oxenford, director of a pharmaceutical research company, has everything riding on a drug he is developing to wipe out a lethal virus.  His children, home for Christmas with their offspring, have their eyes on the money he will make; Toni Gallo, his head of security and ex-police officer is betting her career on keeping it safe; an ambitious local television reporter sniffs a big story; and a trio of violent thugs are on their way to steal it, with a client already waiting for the goods.  Trapped by the storm, emotional sparks crackle and dark secrets emerge that could drive Stanley and his family apart forever.  A story full of startling twists.