Standing there, waiting in line to board a plane, looking around at the people that would soon be my neighbors for hours, I had no idea my life was about to be forever altered.
In the wake of her four-year-old daughter's death, Sella McCae turns to alcohol and prescription pills to fill the void her husband and remaining daughter can't. Over the next few weeks, Sella becomes nothing more than a shell of the vibrant wife and mother she was before the accident. When her husband, Jack, realizes her addiction is affecting their daughter Lyla as well, he tells her she can either get help at a rehab center or their marriage is over. When faced with the ultimatum, Sella realizes she wants to live again and agrees to check herself into Mason House, the best rehabilitation facility the East Coast can offer.
It is while on board the plane that will whisk her away to a new beginning that her life changes forever. Just as her plane is about to leave the runway, a nearby plane explodes in midair. The passengers soon learn that the plane was infected with a deadly virus, along with every other plane on the East Coast...including theirs. Sella and her fellow passengers must now find a way to survive the Red Virus and each other. Will Sella make it off the Red Eye Grounded flight? Only forty-eight hours will tell.