Samuel L. Jackson is Danny Roman, a hot shot policenegotiator and the man of the hour in the police department. One day hewakes up to find that he has been set up, and now the police are afterhim. In his panic, he takes control of a building. Knowing all therules of negotiation, Danny asks for the only negotiator he can trust -Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey). When the police get itchy trigger fingersand want to go into the building shooting, Sabian finds that the onlyway he can save Danny Roman's life is to go in there and become hispartner. Now the police have to deal with both of them.