When ex-con J. D. Smith lays out his kidnapping plan that comes complete with a one-million dollar payday to his ex-cellmate, he describes it as "a piece of cake". The "piece of cake", however, goes sour at the very beginning when they inadvertently grab the wrong girl, the daughter of a single-parent school teacher. "Let's just turn the girl loose, J. D.," pleads Rufus Elliot. "Her mother's a school teacher; we'll be lucky to get a five-year old Volvo for all our troubles!" But J. D. is determined to walk away with a cool million bucks in his jeans, and thinks he's hit on another plan that's a cinch to bring it about. What neither one of them has reckoned with is the girl's mother, who packs an S&W .357 in her purse wherever she goes. She's every bit as determined as J. D., and picks up her heavy purse and heads toward a confrontation 18 hours and 300 miles from home to get her daughter back.