Jeff Talley was a successful and respected LAPD hostage negotiator, until one day he failed and allowed a woman and her young son to be killed. He retires to tiny Bristo Camino, California, as a police chief. One year after the events in LA, three young men break into a home to steal a car. After their leader, Mars Krupchek, kills a cop, all local law enforcement is involved and Jeff goes back to negotiating. We learn later that the dad, Walter, is actually a mob accountant and that he recently burned a DVD full of mob bank records. The mob arranges to have Talley's family kidnapped and use the family as bait so Talley can get the DVD for them.