The screen version of the best-selling bestseller Anne Patchett. The action takes place in South America. The world-famous opera singer Roxanne Coss gets a tempting offer to speak at the birthday party of the head of a large Japanese entrepreneur Katsumi Hosokawa. In the house of the birthday man, who is famous for his love for the opera, many celebrities, businessmen and politicians gather. As soon as Roxana finishes the last song, uninvited guests are coming into the living room - a group of terrorist insurgents. Criminals demand to talk with the president of the country, but it turned out that he was not at the party. The head of state chose that evening to stay at home and watch his favorite TV series. Then the insurgents take all those present, including Roxane Coss, and demand that the government release political prisoners.