The halls are decked, the deck is stacked, and here comes that jolly old elf. Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself stuck inside the Edgerton Mall, and not just as a last-minute shopper (though he is that too). Edgerton isnít exactly the epicenter of holiday cheer, despite its two Santas, canned Christmas music, chintzy bows, and festive lights. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem.
The murderous Russian mobster who owns the place has decided it takes a thief to catch a thief and hires Junioróunder threatóto solve the shoplifting problem for him. But Juniorís surveillance operation doesnít go well: as Christmas Eve approaches, two people are dead and itís obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mallís problems. To prevent further deaths, possibly including his own, Junior must confront his dread of Christmasóboth present and past.