Set against colourful back-drop of New Orleans, a kidnapping plan goes devastatingly wrong. Coco (Carla Gugino), and her lover Junior (Simon Baker) are making a living blackmailing wealthy businessmen, when they decide to go into the big time - kidnapping. Their target is a wealthy computer company owner (Greg Wise) and the ransom, $4 million. The plan starts to go wrong when a woman witnesses the kidnapping. FBI Agent Hawkins (Emma Thompson) and Detective Friedman (Alan Rickman) are under pressure to locate the gang as things begin to hot up in the Big Easy.