When Char Simmons' ex-husband disappears while their daughter, Abby, is struggling to cope with a serious illness, Char's angry and upset and knows enough about why he might be missing to also be afraid. Hoping to stay out of whatever problem her ex-husband has gotten himself into, Char brings Abby to a lake home in northern Minnesota to recover. The 'lake home' is an isolated cabin in the remote snow-covered woods, and Char is determined to do everything she can to make the place a safe refuge for herself, her daughter, and their little Pomeranian. Her determination is shaken when she meets Max Wilson, a federal agent on leave, who finds out that Char's ex-husband is under investigation. Though initially suspicious, Max ends up helping Char and Abby untangle their problems so that all of them can reach their happily ever after.