In 1947 post-war America, a freak spring snowstorm traps three volatile 20-something young people together in an elegant farmhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Alcohol and insecurity plague Simone Blackwell, the brand new wife of the homeowners’ son. Violet, the young black housemaid, finds her curiosity threatening to overwhelm her struck religious upbringing. Randolph, the sadistic handyman who is a graduate student in piano performance at the university, lives above the garage and is delighted when the storm locks him into the main house with two beautiful women. The jealousy and resentment between Violet and Simone increases hour by hour as the two women are alternately attracted and repulsed by Randolph’s sexual advances. Randolph plays them against each other with as much cunning and finesse as he plays the Steinway grand piano in the living room. Racial, sexual, and class tensions build to a crescendo as the three characters scheme to get what they want from each other. The storm brewing inside the house is even more threatening than the one raging outside.