As CHILL FACTOR opens, Lilly Martin and Dutch Burton are closing down their cabin, marking the end of their turbulent eight-year marriage. He leaves her to finish up as he heads back to his duties as Cleary, North Carolina's chief of police where five cases of missing women are still open, though these women now are presumed to be dead.
Soon the mountain is enveloped in a winter storm and Lilly is not sure she will be able to make it back to town. On her way down the treacherous road, a man suddenly appears from the woods and she cannot avoid hitting him. With difficulty they manage to make it back up to the cabin and begin to asse