Will and Karen Jennings (Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron) are held hostage in different cities whilst their daughter is abducted. The abductors are lead by a ruthless criminal, Joe Hickey (Kevin Bacon), who seems to have hit on a foolproof scam for extorting money from rich families. Holding the parents in separate locations means they cannot contact the police and he demands a large ransom that has to be paid in 24 hours or the hostage is killed. The Jennings have to find a way to save their daughter and Karen manages to discover the real motive behind the kidnapping. Can this be the chink in the criminals' armour?