The series opens with the story of a musician who was imprisoned in Venezuela for trying to smuggle cocaine out of the country. It also focuses on an American missionary who was held for ransom by a terrorist gang in the Philippines in 1996; and a man wrongly arrested for the shooting of two policemen during a drugs bust in Mexico.
A new run opens with the story of Billy Hayes' imprisonment in Turkey, which was the inspiration for the 1978 film Midnight Express. Other cases focus on two men captured by the Iraqi secret police; and a woman caught smuggling hashish through a Japanese airport.
The opening edition looks at the downfall of American mobster Henry Hill, who was caught dealing drugs against the orders of his boss. The series also focuses on a man who received hundreds of lashes and several years in prison when he was caught selling alcohol in Saudi Arabia; and a couple who faced seven years in prison in the Philippines for being in a romantic relationship.
The series opens with the story of a single mother who turned to smuggling cocaine out of Peru to raise some much-needed cash. Other cases focus on a student who fled across South America after being accused of smuggling cocaine; and a male nurse left facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia after a string of affairs alerted authorities to his sexual orientation.
A new run opens with a tale of friendship formed through the cell walls of Hanoi Hilton prison. Other cases focus on a reptile collector who found himself in a jungle prison renowned for its brutality; and an English stockbroker who quit his job to deal drugs in Arizona.