The story begins with Jack, Paul, and Chris meeting up with one Ronnie Winter, a new kid who's pleasantly plump and a little bit odd. In other words, he's the perfect target for bullies. Not long after meeting Ronnie, the gang, as well as the rest of the town, begin to experience some wickedly cold weather. Not to mention a serial killer seems to be on the loose, using the blinding snow as cover for his crimes. All of this seems to somehow be tied to the old Steadman place and its dark history. When Jack and his friends meet Ronnie's lovely mother, Cassie, the story takes on an entirely new spin. While all of this is going on, the kids also have to deal with bullies, deadbeat parents, basketball practice, first dances and girls.