Kansas City, 1934. The city is wide-open in the midst of the Depression, reverberating to the energy of non-stop jazz. Blondie O'Hara, a young telegraph operator, concocts a desperate plan to kiidnap Carolyn Stilton, the socialite wife of an advisor to Presiden Franklin Roosevelt. Her goal is to exchange Mrs Stilton for her petty thief of a husband, who has been caught by legendary gangster Seldom Seen after a botched heist. Surrounded by moral turbulence, the two women forge a relationship that changes from abductor and captive to near-trusting friends as they head towards an inevitable transforming conclusion.