Van Wert, Ohio, November 10, 2002. Ron and Melissa Mengerink spend the day tidying up their brand-new home. As Ron vacuums, he's unaware that three tornadoes are grinding closer and closer to their area. The tornadoes begin to die off and appear to no longer be a factor, until the third tornado spawns a fourth. The fourth is a monstrous F-4 and heads straight for them. While they seek refuge in the basement, Ron's best friend Jim Foster races away from the twister. He tries to make it to Ron's house, but finds the door locked when he gets there.