Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is
banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport
security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must
take the train if he has any chance of arriving in Los
Angeles in time for Christmas with his girlfriend. To
finance the trip, he sells a story about a train ride
taken during the Christmas season. Thereupon begins one of
the most hilarious-and heartwarming-journeys ever told.
Along the way, Tom encounters a ridiculous cast of
characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that
changes everyone's Christmas plans. As the mighty
Southwest Chief chugs along, Tom learns what really makes
the holiday special in a remarkable novel that will charm
all who read it.