Lima, Peru, 1996. 500 guests gather for a gala reception at the Japanese Ambassador's residence when an armed contingent of guerrillas gain control of the compound.
Albania, 1997. As four American Peace Corps volunteers make their way through a country collapsing around them, their lives are threatened by civil unrest.
Ecuador, 1996. While on a guided tour of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Preserve, avid birdwatcher John Heidema, his daughter, and 10 other tourists, are robbed by armed bandits.
Mexico, 1997. Three kidnappers confront American geologist Stu Havenstrite and try to force him into the trunk of his car. Alone and desperate in a foreign country, his resistance is one of many quick decisions he'll have to make over the next 72 hours.
Kyrgyzstan, 2000. Four American climbers are taken hostage by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. On a rocky mountain, they made a deadly decision to gain freedom—a decision that haunts them still.