Early summer 2001. Several Americans are among dozens kidnapped from the Philippine Island resort of Palawan. This is the boldest move yet by the bloodthirsty Islamist movement Abu Sayyaf, linked directly to Osama Bin Laden. With Islamic militancy not yet on the radar of the American public, captured American missionaries Martin and Gracie Burnham can expect no more than a perfunctory effort to get them home. The FBI tries to make a $300K payoff, but the money is stolen by corrupt Philippine authorities. At gun and knife-point, the hostages are forced by their extremist captors to trudge from jungle hideout to jungle hideout, terrified that the next hostage to be beheaded may be them. Then, 9/11...and everything changes in America. The gloves come off...The White House authorizes direct CIA involvement in the hunt for the Burnhams and the arrest or destruction of Abu Sayyaf.