As the blizzard worsens, Cal climbs higher on the mountain, unaware that his pursuit of the elk is a pursuit of Junior, his dead son.
Cal's burn scars are his only memorial of his son. It's been two years since the deadly conflagration. Conditions on the mountain deteriorate. We enter his inner world. Sarah, his wife, is leaving him. A growing chasm separates the lovers: Cal's abandonment of their faith, Sarah's accumulating disappointment–now this: Cal is talking with the ghost.