Tammy Bartow is wrestling with another bout of insomnia when she glances out her bedroom window and sees a shadow creeping along the cold Alaskan ground near her neighbor's yard, trembling under the light of a lantern. Ever since her neighbor, Marta Gray, married Alexander, an ex-con who has already served time for murder, fear has hung over the neighborhood like a dark cloud. But as she eventually returns to bed, Tammy has no idea that in a few hours, she will learn a murder has taken place in her neighbor's barn.
After Marta finds the corpse of Alexander's best friend, Ivan, all evidence points toward her husband who had been drinking all night with Ivan-so much so that he blacked out and cannot remember anything. Marta, blind with love, refuses to believe that Alexander could have committed such a chilling act and convinces Tammy of the same. Meanwhile, as Detective Andy Mohr attempts to sort out the complex case, he realizes that this is the second time Alexander has allegedly murdered on Mother's Day. Is it pure coincidence or a bloody pattern?
In this gripping mystery, two determined women and a seasoned detective are led down a complex path to solving a murder.