A novelization based on the Warner Bros. feature film, starring Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, and David Caruso. Based on actual events, the film revolves around a high-level executive who is kidnapped by a terrorist faction and held for ransom. The executive's wife (Ryan) hires a specialist organization led by a rugged hostage negotiator (Crowe) to broker the executive's release. Complications arise, giving way to romantic feelings between the negotiator and the executive's wife, further mired by the commitment each has to the kidnapped executive. The novelization will also include two excerpts from the nonfiction sources upon which the movie was based: William Prochnau's "Adventure in the Ransom Trade" and Thomas Hargrove's Long March to Freedom.