Gabriel McQueen was home for a weekend on leave from the military and his father is the Sheriff of a small town in Maine but the minute Gabriel arrives there is trouble. Gabriel is anxious to get to his mother's house to see his son Sam, but the Sheriff needs him for an important job first. Young Sam lives with Gabriel's mother after becoming a widower the year before when his wife Marianne died. It's been tough on them both.
Sheriff McQueen wants Gabriel to drive up the mountain to the old Helton place to check on Lolly Helton who is here for a weekend herself to get her deceased father's home ready for sale. However, they believe she is unaware that a huge ice storm is coming in and coming fast and there would be no way off the mountain if someone didn't get her right away.
With trepidation, Gabriel agrees to go but first stops at his Mother's place to see his son, collect some warm clothing, boots and thermos of hot soup and coffee. Quickly saying goodbye to his son Sam, and promising he'll be back in a couple of hours, Gabriel sets off on the rescue.
However, the weather isn't playing nice and the storm is advancing much quicker than everyone had thought and Gabriel's big Ford F250 truck is having trouble manoeuvering the steep, icy mountain road. He drives as far as he possibly can then decides he'll have to walk the rest of the way.
Through much slipping and sliding, enduring sharp, stinging ice pellets in the face, Gabriel reaches Lolly's house but sees two people with guns through her livingroom window and quickly realizes Lolly is in terrible danger. With his military training, Gabriele kicks into high gear and helps Lolly escape but her captors discover she's gone and goes after them.
It doesn't take the bad guys long to catch up when suddenly bullets are whizzing by Gabriele's and Lolly's heads. Can they make it out and back down the mountain alive? And do Lolly and Gabriele get more than they bargained for in the end?
Excellent read for a snowy afternoon!
January 18, 2011