A wealthy family in Italy hires former CIA agent John Creasy to protect their daughter, Samantha, from kidnappers. Creasy, burned-out from the horrors of combat in Vietnam and Beirut, has no interest in guarding a 12-year-old girl but needs the job. Initially irritated by Samantha's questions about his life, Creasy eventually opens up to her as he has done to no one else, assuming a paternal role in her life and bonding closely with her. So when Samantha is kidnapped, Creasy is devastated and is determined to rescue her and exact revenge on her abductors.