Wealthy and powerful Robert Steves (Dirk Benedict) imposes a strict, disciplinarian regime on his only daughter Clare. She rebels and takes up with Eddie Spencer, a boy Steves disapproves of. When Clare is kidnapped and Steves receives a $250,000 ransom demand, he pays it to ensure Clare's safe return. Spencer and another boy are arrested for the crime, but in court it transpires that they had another accomplice. Could Clare herself have been responsible for her own kidnapping?