A young couple on the run takes the owner of a posh villa hostage after being surrounded by police, only to find that their ace in the hole is a dangerous serial killer. Nick and Celia are desperate; their lives in shambles, they know that the future holds great things if they can just make it to the United States to start a new life together. But Nick is a former criminal whose old partners aren't willing to wipe the slate clean until he's paid off some lingering debts. As the pressure mounts to appease his old criminal cohorts, Nick decides to square up by robbing a small gas station. Unfortunately, in the course of the heist, Nick shoots a young police officer and a Special Forces Unit is quickly dispatched. Terrified and with nowhere to turn, Nick and Celina take refuge in the remote villa of Victor von Hartenberg (Billy Zane), taking the owner hostage until they can concoct an escape plan. Just as Special Forces begin to raid the villa, the couple notices that the dining room is riddled with the corpses of a murdered family. Just who is the hostage that sits before them claiming to be Victor von Hartenberg? With the police waiting outside and a dangerous maniac as their hostage inside, Nick and Celia will have to think fast if they hold out any hope of surviving this dangerous predicament.