The summer solstice is near - bringing long sunlit days to the Alaskan wilderness - and for famed musher Jessie Arnold, the time has come to put the past behind her and move on. Building a new home for herself and her sled dogs on the charred ashes of her old one, she plans to be finished well before the onset of the long northern winter. But her progress is halted - chilling Jessie to the bone - when the excavations unearth a skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall.
Twenty years earlier, a serial killer brutally murdered a number of women in the area. One of the fiends victims disappeared wearing a butterfly pendant - a necklace similar, if not identical, to one discovered with the grisly human remains. A grim nightmare believed to be long over must now be revisited or, worse still, has been reborn.
Because, once again, a local woman has disappeared without a trace. And, once again, Jessie is being pulled into a murder investigation against her will. Red roses are being sent to her anonymously - the gifts of a secret admirer who may also be a stone-cold killer.
In this stark and lonely place, in the first days of the all-too-brief Alaskan summmer, the signs suggest the unthinkable An insatiable human monster has returned . . . and Jessie Arnold may well be his next victim.