There is this little college for learning-disabled rich kids in upstate New York, across the lack from an enormous prison run for profit by Japanese who, along with other prosperous foreigners, have bought the United States of America.
There is a prison break!
The lake is frozen as hard as a parking lot!
Habitual criminals overwhelm the college, taking hostage the Board of Trustees!
Plans for colonizing the rest of teh Universe are put on hold.