Alice gets off a bus in the middle of a snowstorm in Delphi, New York. She is fleeing an abusive relationship and desperate to protect . . .
Oren, ten years old, a major Star Wars fan and wise beyond his years. Though Alice is wary, Oren bonds nearly instantly with . . .
Mattie, a social worker in her fifties, who lives in an enormous run-down house in the middle of the woods. Mattie lives alone and is always available, so she is the person the hotline always calls when someone needs a late-night pickup. And although according to protocol Mattie should take Alice and Oren to a local shelter, instead she brings them home for the night. She has plenty of room, she says. What she doesn&;t say is that Oren reminds her of her little brother, who died almost thirty-five years ago at the age of ten.
But Mattie isn&;t the only one withholding elements of the truth. Alice is keeping her own secrets. And as the snowstorm worsens around them, each woman&;s past will prove itself unburied, stirring up threats both within and without.