Bailey Lockhart has fled from her horrific past and is surviving alone in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness. Her nearest human contact is 80 miles downriver, a Native American Indian settlement with whom she occasionally trades. The Native population is deeply resentful of white settlers and, although she maintains a guarded peace with them, there is much tension under the surface. When a young couple from back east arrives, on the pretence of a fishing trip, her world radically changes and the tensions soon explode. The harsh demands of survival in a land that allows no margin for error put Bailey on an inexorable course to a dead reckoning with her past, with the Native Americans, with the young couple who have put everything in jeopardy and with the wilderness itself.