Laura Chapman is the love interest and classmate of Sam Hall. Laura was a high school student visiting New York City for an academic competition when a new ice age began. A tidal wave half the size of the Statue of Liberty smashed into Manhattan, forcing Laura and her friends to take refuge in the New York Public Library. As the rest of the world experiences massive storms and deadly drops in temperature, Sam admits his feelings for Laura and she reciprocates with a kiss. Laura also manages to get blood poisoning, forcing her friends to venture out into the snowy apocalypse to find medicine. After almost getting eaten by wolves that had escaped from the Zoo. The brave souls manage to get back to the library with food and supplies. Laura and her fellow students manage to survive the ordeal and are eventually rescued