New Year's Eve - and the storm of the century hits California. What happens in the storm's wake will deeply affect three people : Quinn Thompson, who has built a barrier around himself since his wife's death ; his neighbour Maggie Dartman, still grieving a terrible loss ; and Jack Adams, a carpenter who will repair Quinn's and Maggie's homes and who hides a painful secret. Quinn, a man who has scaled heights of success in business at the expense of his family, is now adrift, waiting as the finishing touches are made to his newest passion, a 180-foot yacht he plans to sail around the world. Consumed by guilt, focused only on escaping to the sea, Quinn faces a choice - between a safe haven and an adventure of the heart. The choice he makes will take him on an extraordinary journey and into a second, terrifying storm, one that will bring him danger... or deliverance.