Enjoying her last morning snowshoeing back east after finishing her work assignment, CJ snaps a picture of a cabin in the woods and is terrified when marauding armed snowmobilers take chase. Eluding them, she contacts the police. When they arrive back at the cabin, CJ is confused when no evidence of occupants is found.
Putting it all out of her mind, she returns to Colorado and embarks on a week-long vacation with her boyfriend, Rick, skiing the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Unbeknownst to both she and Rick, she has stumbled upon a dangerous conspiracy which has followed her back home. It's the beginning of a perilous adventure where many are not who they appear to be.
Hoping the secluded Rocky Mountains will help her heal from shooting a stalker, CJ seeks tranquility at Whispering Lake. Instead, a boating accident propels her into the life of Rick, who's engaged in an environmental study for the owner who wants to sell the property. Rick enjoys CJ's company—until her mood swings become a burden—but he softens and wants to help restore her independence when he discovers what she's been through.
Rumored to be "haunted" by dead miners still looking for riches, CJ is shaken one night when she sees dancing lights along the mountainside. The next morning, she investigates before "Reluctant Rick" can accompany her. After a gunshot rings out, he finds her water bottle, whistle, and pepper spray in the mountains—but no CJ. It's the beginning of a dangerous adventure...in which all that glitters definitely isn't gold.