Lily Moore joins a group of travel journalists for an all-expenses-paid press trip to Mexico's famous resort town of Acapulco. Lily's fellow journalist Skye McDermott drops hints about an investigation she's conducting. Skye, deeply upset at a lover who jilted her, is obsessed with getting revenge by exposing his company's fraud and illegal activities. But when Skye suddenly disappears, Lily knows something is terribly wrong.
The hotel's staff refuses to listen or to even contact the authorities, and Lily begins to suspect that Skye is in grave danger. Worse yet, as Lily herself tries to escape, she discovers she's become a virtual prisoner in a gilded cage. A deadly trap has been set, and Lily finds herself maneuvered into the role of bait.