The screen adaptation of a thrill-a-minute bestseller by Anne Patchett. Thestory is set in South America. A worldwide renowned opera singer Roxanne Coss gets an alluring proposal to perform at the birthday party of a leading Japanese businessman Katsumi Hosokawa. A merry gathering of celebrities, businessmen and politicians has come to the manor of a birthday celebrant, who is well known for his passion for opera. No sooner than Roxana finishes her last song, some unbidden guests step into the living room. And the newcomers are none other than a group of terrorist revolters. Criminals demand a chat with the president of the country, but as it happened Mr. President had chosen not to come to the party but to stay at home instead and watch his favorite TV series. So the revolters take all those present, including Roxane Coss, as their hostages and demand that the government release prisoners of conscience.