Based on a true story, this film documents the terrifying experience of an American couple, trapped in an avalanche in the Himalayas, as they struggle to survive. Ron and Debbie Plotkin plan a fortieth birthday trip to go hiking in Nepal, leaving their children at home with Debbie's mother and step-father. It seems that nothing bad could happen in the majestically rustic setting that welcomes the couple as they arrive at the base camp of Lukla and Ron and Debbie set out with a group of sherpa guides to explore the region. They are well out of the base camp when an unseasonal typhoon blows through, bringing with it a massive snow fall. Awakened in the night by their guides who have heard avalanches up the mountain, they attempt to make their way through a six-foot fall of snow to get back to the base camp. This is the harrowing story of how a determined couple, along with a group of fellow Americans and their native guides repeatedly cheat death on the mountain.