It's winter in Paradise, a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the frozen borders of Canada and Alex McNight is content to stay warm in front of the fire at the Glasgow Inn with a bottle of Canadian beer. Once a catcher in the minor leagues, later a Detroit police officer, Alex gave the private eye business a try and it ended up being the second worst mistake of his life. So when a young Native American woman of the Ojibwa tribe comes to him for help, Alex is reluctant to become involved. Nor does he want anything to do with goofy Leon Prudell who wants to get back in the PI business and has fixed on Alex as his partner. But before you can say storm warning, events have spun out of Alex's control. Soon he'll have to deal with an entire team of drug-crazed hockey goons, two mysterious men wearing guns and hunting caps, and a cold-blooded killer from the other side of the world. Perhaps Alex needs that new partner after all.