Heather Sullivan is excited about her engagement to Robert Hiller and the couple is also looking forward to a pleasant experience at church orchestra retreat with their best friends Janie Carrington and Sabina Richardson. These dearest friends dont expect to be kidnapped to be unwilling subjects of a behavior program run by renegade psychiatrists. They learn to cope with their strange captivity and eventually meet up with two more dear friends who are part of the captive school faculty in the private boarding school that has been taken over by the schools corporate sponsor. The sponsor had promised great rewards for the school and its students and faculty, but the reality is so different. David and Beau Seagraves never expected their school to be taken over for a behavior study. They were looking forward to teaching their beloved music students. They never expected to see Heather and Robert as subjects in their care. Together, these friends bond with other captive subjects and faculty members in a way that baffles their captors. Their captors subject the people to many stressful situations involving emotional, sexual and physical abuse. Heather and her best friends help their fellow captives cope with the days and nights of distress. Heather never expects her mean sister-in-law to be one of her captors and become a victim of her particular types of abuse. She also doesnt expect to have a benign brain tumor to crop up just as she is barely recovered from her last violent assault from her sister-in-law. Heather has known about the her inheritance of the brain thing, but didnt expect it to knock her down when she is hundreds of miles from home and her loving family. Robert, Janie, Sabina and the Seagraves help Heather survive until they are bailed out of the program and can go home together to build a road to Heathers and their own recoveries from the behavior programs captivity.