It did not take long after graduation for good friends Alice Marano (Claire Danes) and Darlene Davis (Kate Beckinsale) to make plans to celebrate the big event by taking a trip. The initial plans were to take a trip to Hawaii, however they changed their plans and decided to make their memories in Thailand instead. The pair ended up meeting an Australian who they became a little more than friends with. Their friendship soon turned bad when drugs were discovered in one of their bags. Neither of the girls were responsible for the illegal substance, so they realized that it had to be their new friend using them as drug mules.
The laws are different in different parts of the world and the two friends were now about to get a taste of the difference. They ended up having to stand before a judge , who promptly decided to throw them in jail. The prison system is where a huge chunk of this storyline plays out, as they quickly find out exactly what it is like to experience the long arm of Thailand law. The rough time they experience through the penal system will pull no punches for these two Americans, so much so that they wonder why they ever changed their mind from Hawaii in the first place.
They eventually hear about an American lawyer in Thailand by the name of Yankee Hank whom they proceed to enlist to defend them. There is a lot of drama as the new graduates must adjust to a life behind bars. There are times when their thoughts play tricks on them, so much so that they end up distrusting each other in the process. What makes this entire episode so much worse is the fact that the girls never told their parents about their change of destination plans. Jonathan Kaplan directs the movie, well known names like Jacqueline Kim (Yon Greene), Lou Diamond Phillips (Roy Knox) and Tom Amandes (Doug Davis) play supporting roles.