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North Dakota is where it all begins. Here an unemployed graphic designer finds more money, vice and intrigue than she ever imagined in the state’s snow-swept oil fields.It all begins with Brandon and Melissa. He stayed to work the family farm. SheMoreNorth Dakota is where it all begins. Here an unemployed graphic designer finds more money, vice and intrigue than she ever imagined in the state’s snow-swept oil fields.It all begins with Brandon and Melissa. He stayed to work the family farm. She moved to the Twin Cities to join the creative department of a prestigious multinational company.Melissa always considered her older brother an irredeemable redneck - married with kids by his mid-twenties, hockey obsessed, and oblivious to the latest artisanal cocktail bars, music and independent films.But when she loses her job in a round of layoffs, its Brandon who comes up with the solution. North Dakota.All I saw was Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘There Will be Blood,’ maniacally kicking at another man on the ground – a priest or his son or both – as hell fires and blasts of scalding crude seared the sky. And hard-luck ladies of the evening, oozing with sores and pale with frostbite.One Skype interview and many second thoughts later, Melissa drives west, equipped with a neighbors camper, a two weeks supply of thermal underwear and a stack of Communication Arts for kindling, the “Minnesota nice” consternation of her friends in her wake.Life is hard, marked by long hours, sub-Arctic temperatures and a dearth of decent cuisine and radio stations. But it is also easy - with ungodly sums of money piling up in her bank account, just for driving a delivery van - and full of surprises.Williston’s only yoga class introduces her to friends with interesting professions. A quest for hot water leads to romance. And random encounters at McDonald’s inspire a business idea.Then a freak snowstorm brings an unwelcome revelation, and danger.