As the teacher at a small school in rural Australia, Sally Jones (Rachel Ward) leads a rather mundane life. However, for her and nine of her students, all of that changes when a band of criminals breaks into their school to take them hostage. Dragging the teacher and children to the outback, the kidnappers intend to hold their victims for ransom. But Jones has other plans. Leading her pupils, Jones turns on her captors and fights to first survive and then escape.