In sleepy, secluded Barrow, Alaska, the sun sets and doesn't rise for an entire month. As everyone prepares to either leave or wait the month out, Sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) investigates a number of bizarre crimes around town. Cell phones are being stolen and burned, sled dogs are being killed, and basically any object allowing outside communication is being destroyed. These events are soon tracked to a stranger (Ben Foster) who has somehow made his way into the town without a visible means of transportation. The man only warns that "they're coming."
As night falls upon the town, vampires led by the ruthless Marlow appear and disable the power plant. Before anyone is fully aware of what's happening, the vampires begin to massacre the town. Eben manages to save himself and a small group, including his estranged wife Stella (Melissa George), from the vampires, but they are forced into hiding. As they try to wait out the month, one by one they are either infected or killed, soon leaving only Eben, Stella, Eben's brother Jake, and two other women.
With the end of the month approaching, the vampires break a nearby oil pipeline open, planning to burn down the town in order to keep their activities secret. Stella, having hidden under a wrecked car during this time, is trapped between the vampires and the fire. Realizing that she cannot escape on her own, Eben opts to infect himself in order to buy her the time to escape. Eben does battle with Marlow and manages to kill him. The remaining vampires, lacking guidance, cautiously retreat. As the film ends, Eben and Stella watch the sunrise together, and she holds Eben as he begins to combust from exposure to sunlight.
Cast of Characters
Josh Hartnett as Eben Oleson
Melissa George as Stella Oleson
Ben Foster as The Stranger
Danny Huston as Marlow
Manu Bennett as Billy Kitka
Mark Boone Junior as Beau
Craig Hall as Wilson Bulosan
Mark Rendall as Jake Oleson