Based on the real-life hunt for serial killer Robert Hansen, The Frozen Ground celebrates the tenacity of one cop, Detective Jack Halcombe.
Halcombe (Nicolas Cage) jeopardises his career and even risks his marriage to follow his gut instinct.
He is preparing to leave Anchorage with his wife Allie (Radha Mitchell) and children, when he receives a call that the body of a young woman has been found in the icy wilderness. The autopsy results suggest possible links with other missing women.
Soon after, Jack receives a file on Cindy Paulson (Vanessa Hudgens), a 17-year-old prostitute, who claims that she escaped from the clutches of Robert Hansen (John Cusack), who held her hostage in his basement den and raped her.
Jack interviews Cindy and is moved by her tearful testimony, his interest piqued when the young woman reveals, “He said there were seven girls before me and I was lucky because they usually stay for a week.” Convinced that Hansen is a dangerous serial killer, Jack works tirelessly to build a case against his prime suspect. However, there is no physical evidence and Hansen is a well respected member of the community.