Engineer Peter Bowman is the kidnapee. Anti-government guerrillas in the fictional locale of Tecala in South America are his captors. More central to the plot is negotiator Terry Thorne. His wavering professional ethics allow him to overlook the fact that Bowman’s company has reneged on the insurance payment, but don’t prevent him from developing feelings for Bowman’s wife Alice.
The film is unexpectedly good. The chemistry between Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe feels realistic combined with the hostage situation.