All the power sources have gone out in Northern Canada. There is no electricity, cars die in the middle of the road and cell phones are useless. Fifteen year old Tara and her family, along with the people in the small town of Mores Lake are fleeing south, hoping that its a local phenomenon. Tara is sure that everything will return to normal within a few weeks. Rather than follow her family to safety, she runs away with the local bad boy. He promises her they will camp for a few days until the power comes on and then return home.
With stars in her eyes and the innocence of first love, Tara follows Will into the bush. She soon finds that all is not as promised as Will becomes "Snake", and she is sexually abused by him and his followers. When her sole supporter disappears and the house they are squatting in burns to the ground, Tara flees into the bush.
Alone, and afraid to ask for help, Tara is soon lost. With a Canadian winter about to descend, wild animals prowling and starvation threatening, she curls up beneath a sheltering tree.
What happens to Tara before she finally returns to her home and parents is a true Canadian adventure.