Gene Wilder plays Michael Jordon, an innocent by-stander turned victim, turned hero. Kate Hellman (Gilda Radner) falls in love with him while looking for her brother's murderers. Together they are caught in a world of international intrigue, suspense and murder. Ransom (Richard Widmark), a ruthless adversary,is intent on eliminating Michael. Pursued by Ransom, Michael and Kate embark on a bold mission which takes them on a wild ride in an airplane high above the Grand Canyon, to a hidden military command center, through a frenzied chase in the streets of New York and to a desert outpost where attackers besiege them from all sides.