Fearing for her child's safety from her possessive lover, Tarissa Landru forces her teenage daughter to leave Mexico. After seeing Mackenzie safely across the border, Tarissa then returns to the arms of her drug-running lover, Pablo Martinez. Pablo makes her pay for taking what he thinks is his, and by making her an example to his men. He is determined to have the teen returned to Mexico. Tarissa's decomposed body washes ashore in the waters off Baja along with the bodies of two missing undercover DEA agents with similar execution style wounds. Their offense was hunting down traffickers of illegal aliens, terrorists, and drugs across the U.S. Mexican border. The FBI and DEA are stymied in their investigation until Michael and Paige, Tarissa's younger sister, find Mackenzie and tip the FBI of her connection to the drug ring. Using the tip, Agent Logan is able to trace the smuggling ring back to Pablo, but the criminal has covered his tracks very well. Soon Mackenzie and Paige's younger sister, Amanda, encounter chickens, illegal aliens, and their coyote at the edge of town. The coyote associates Mackenzie with his boss, Pablo, and in his attempt to capture her, Amanda is hurt and Mackenzie barely escapes. Alex Cordoba, a local deputy sheriff, rescues the teen and her aunt. When he is called to her house following a break-in, Alex discovers that Amanda and her niece, Mackenzie, have been watched. Fearing for Mackenzie's safety, the family decides to put some distance between her and the coyote pursuers in a remote Idaho lake cabin. Michael and Deputy Cordoba plan to join the women within the week, but wiretap equipment was found after a search around Amanda's house, and Alex fears the coyotes may be on their way north. Michael and Alex leave immediately for Idaho and discover the entire family has made a hasty escape within the rugged Rocky Mountains. Before the men locate Amanda and Mackenzie, the women are taken prisoner.