It is a sad and frightening Christmas Eve for two New York women.
Catherine’s husband has just come out of emergency surgery and is in
hospital with leukemia. Cally’s brother has just escaped prison
by shooting a guard and Cally is terrified that he will come to her for
help to escape; she is frightened that she will once again be wrongly
imprisoned because of him, leaving her small daughter in foster care.
Catherine and Cally’s lives intersect when Catherine drops her wallet
in a crowd and Cally picks it up and takes it home, intending to mail
it to the owner. Catherine’s seven-year-old son Brian witnesses
the incident and follows Cally home intent on retrieving the St.
Christopher medal inside the wallet because he believes that the medal
will make his dad well.
When Cally gets home, her brother Jimmy is waiting in her apartment
intent on getting enough money to escape to Canada. Jimmy
discovers Brian lurking in the hallway and takes him hostage for the
trip north. Cally knows she should call the police, but earlier
in the day she was threatened with arrest if she helped Jimmy in any
way. She knows that if she calls and the police do not believe
she was coerced, she will lose her daughter Gigi.
Catherine is frantic to find her young son. Cally is terrified of
losing her daughter. Both women must find extraordinary strength
and courage to save the missing child and put an end to Jimmy’s
The police are racing against time in tracking down Jimmy, not knowing
in which direction he is running, but feeling sure that he will kill
the child. Jimmy has stolen a car, but no one yet knows it is
missing; in the midst of heavy snow and in holiday traffic, having no
description of the vehicle, he is difficult to spot.
This is a story about the triumph of goodwill over evil and of kindness
over cruelty - a heartwarming tale perfect for Christmas reading.