North Carolina police officer Jay Anderson knew he was doing wrong, but could not stop himself from abusing his wife, Carrie. To help him with his anger management, Jay was seeing police psychiatrist Frank Hawkins, but in the middle of their sessions, he tells the shrink that he, his wife, and his ten year old daughter Emily were taking a vacation in Missouri. On the trip Jay learns that Carrie plans to leave him for fear he will start abusing their child. They stop at Long Horn Caverns near St. Louis where Emily who can read the thoughts of two evil people. Her father is preoccupied and ignores her warning. When they leave the caverns, Crow, who just escaped from Leavenworth and his girlfriend, Heddy, who abetted his escape, carjack the Anderson vehicle with the family taken as hostages. On the murderous trek to Mexico, relationships change as double crossings occur. None of the five may ever walk away and if by some miracle one does he or she will be haunted by this deadly road trip forever.