Based on a true story, 'RANSOMED' recounts how Henri de Mortelast, the head of a vast international conglomerate, is kidnapped while holidaying in the South of France and a ranspm demanded for his release. While arrangements for payment are made, the situation is complicated by a series of unexpected events involving his family, friends and business associates. Then a forest fire devastates the property where Henri is being held and his captors have to flee, leaving him to the mercy of the flames. Will he survive? But who was behind his kidnapping and who, apart from his captors, was to benefit from it? A business associate? His brother Maurice? His current girl friend who has just ditched him? The action takes us from a luxury pad in New York's Sutton Place, to casinos and villas on the Franch Riviera, banks and luxury hotels in Geneva and the dark cellar where Henri is held captive.