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Snow falls on Christmas Eve for the first time in seven years and Joe Kelly thinks
his moment has finally come. It’s not just the weather; a few weeks earlier, he received
the stunning word that a certain movie star’s production company offered to option his
first, forgotten novel. The evidence of a dream has come true, in the form of a fat check,
has just arrived.
Joe has managed to keep the amazing news secret from his wife Mariel and their
two children, but as night falls, he’s ready to spring the surprise, remake his standing as
a hopeless dreamer, revive his marriage, and change their lives forever. The final piece
of his happy plan is the purchase of a rare pendant, an antique called an Epiphany Star
that has a special meaning for Mariel but that he could never afford.
Meanwhile, across town, Nicole Weaver is praying that Christmas will arrive
without any trouble for her and her daughter Malikah from the crazed mother of Terry,
the boyfriend she met in rehab. At the same time, Franklin Callum, the reverend of a
storefront church, heads out on a mission to transport souls who have lost their way in
the cold and dark to shelter.
Joe brings the Epiphany Star home to begin the celebration of his good luck and the
holiday. That luck changes in a raw shock when he gets there and finds Mariel in the
lurid embrace of another man. Devastated in what was going to be a moment of glory, he
escapes the house and sets out on a long night’s journey.
At his first stop, a lonely tavern, he encounters a woman he knew in high school. She
invites him back to her apartment. The heat rises and he is tempted to stay when an odd
happenstance changes his mind and he leaves her to venture on. At the house across
town, a furious argument ends with Terry’s mother casting Nicole and Janelle out into
the frigid night.
Joe gets lost, travels down the wrong street, and is accosted by two muggers. It’s
turning mean when Reverend Callum appears to interrupt the crime and carry Joe back
to his humble church where he finds quiet sanctuary − until the phone rings, that is, and
the tale takes another turn. It’s Nicole calling, desperate for help.
Joe drives the church van to collect them, but the rescue is complicated when Joe
gets into a scuffle with Terry, pouring his fury over his wife’s betrayal on the sick wreck
of a junkie. He carries Danielle and Amber to a shelter, but when he sees what a bad,
sad scene it is, insists they leave with him. They arrive back at the church to find that
the reverend is not pleased. He warns Joe that he’s now responsible for mother and
child. After a bit of soul-searching, Joe decides to carry them – and the reverend – to his
house for Christmas morning.
They’ve just begun this last leg of the night’s journey when violence erupts, and
Joe, Reverend Callum, Nicole, and Janelle are bound together in a way none of them
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