Stranded by a blizzard at her isolated cabin, Meg Harris, an escapee from a failed marriage into the remote wilderness, finds herself in a desperate and terrifying situation when two strangers arrive.
As night approaches, a major blizzard has cut off road access to Meg Harris’s isolated wilderness home, Three Deer Point. She is alone with her young friend Adjidamo, preparing for Christmas, when a knock suddenly echoes through the house. She finds two strange men at her front door, one of them bleeding. Against her better judgment, she lets them in. At that moment, the power goes out, plunging the group into total darkness and severing all phone links to the outside world. So begin a terrifying twenty-four hours that have Meg summoning up a courage she didn’t know she had to get herself and Adjidamo out alive.
In the seventh book in Harlick's Meg Harris series, Meg is alone with 12-year-old Adjidamo, aka Jid, an Algonquin boy she befriended in an earlier book who is currently staying with her, and puppy Shoni in her remote cottage in western Quebec while her Algonquin husband, Eric, is in Regina (Meg herself is white). In the midst of a blizzard, her Christmas preparations are interrupted by the arrival of two men. One is badly injured and says he knows her late great-aunt, so reluctantly, she lets them in. Her skepticism about their car accident turns to terror when she discovers that they are escaped convicts: the first, a white man known as the Professor, is covered with snake tattoos, and the second, Larry, is a diminutive Algonquin man. Meg's attempt to send Jid to get help is thwarted when he is stopped and brought back to the cottage by a psychopathic third member of the gang, Slobo, on his way to meet the others. Forced to feed and attend to the men, Meg is sure they will not leave her and Jid alive. Harlick (Arctic Blue Death) skillfully builds tension, as Meg and Jid attempt to escape, and dread about what will happen when the snowstorm abates and the last gang member arrives. The author respectfully crosses intercultural boundaries in the story and portrays fully formed Algonquin characters alongside their non-Algonquin counterparts.