Devastated by a failed hostage situation whichresulted in the deaths of a young mother and her child, LAPD negotiatorJeff Talley (Bruce Willis) exits Los Angeles for a no profile job aschief of police in the low crime hamlet of Bristo Camino, a small townin Ventura County. When three delinquent teenagers follow home a familyintending to steal their car, they have inadvertently picked the wronghouse on the wrong day. The trio find themselves trapped in amulti-million dollar compound on the outskirts of town, owned by anaccountant working for a mysterious crime enterprise. Panicked, theteenagers take the family hostage, placing Talley in exactly the kindof situation he never wanted to face again. Soon after, Talley readilyhands authority of the hostage situation over to the Ventura CountySheriffs Department and leaves the scene. Meanwhile, inside thecompound is digital information, which is time sensitive and invaluableto the mysterious criminals and critical to their enterprise. They willstop at nothing to get what belongs to them. Talley is forced to resumethe command he abandoned, where the stakes quickly evolve into ahostage situation far more volatile and terrifying than anything hecould ever imagine.