If an abducted victim is not found within the first forty-eight hours of her being kidnapped, the probability of her being found alive goes down to zero. Jane Redmond, a Washington Post reporter, is nearly prepared to break a front-page story on a very powerful United States Senator. But before that story can make its way to the presses, she is kidnapped. Only her father, Tom Redmond, a former New York cop turned lawyer, has the guts to drive to Washington and try to find her. He suspects immediately that foul play is involved, and, as the forty-eight hour limit ticks closer to its end, he has a mad idea: he will kidnap the Senator and force the Senator to tell him where his daughter is.