In July 2011, American schoolboy Kevin Lunsmann and his mother Gerfa are visiting family in the Philippines. On the last night of their vacation they are kidnapped at gunpoint by Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist organisation fighting for an independent Islamic state. Over the next months, Kevin and his mom are held hostage deep in the jungle, in the southern tip of the islands. The terrorists demand millions of dollars for their release. Eventually, a ransom is paid but the terrorists only consider it enough to free Gerfa, and 14 year old Kevin is left to fend for himself until the opportunity to escape presents itself….