As preparation gets under way for the construction of an environmentally devastating oil well in a remote Alaskan base just outside the Arctic Circle, a series of unexplainable occurrences leads a team of adventurers to believe that something supernatural may be afoot in director Larry Fessenden
's chilly snowbound thriller. Pollack (Ron Perlman
) is the ultra-macho leader of a team of adventurers that includes his former lover Abby (Connie Britton
), pot-smoking mechanic Motor (Kevin Corrigan
), and inexperienced newcomer-cum-fortunate son Maxwell (Zach Gilford
). When research scientists Hoffman (James LeGros
) and Elliot (Jamie Harrold
) arrive to assess the environmental impact of the proposed project, Pollack's unmasked contempt for the pair's stalling of the project immediately creates dissent among the group. As emotions boil to the breaking point and cabin fever begins to take hold, Maxwell's increasingly strange behavior is initially attributed to the blinding white barrenness of the region, which has been known to quickly wear thin the fortitude of even experienced men. There's more to Maxwell's midnight wanderings and incoherent mumblings than meets the eye, though, because as the outside temperature begins to rise during the dead of winter and the team members begin to experience fleeting visions out of the corner of their eyes, it starts to seem as if mother nature may be voicing her opposition to the proposed pillaging of her luminous white landscape.