Breakdown is a crime drama that examines one man's unyielding search for his wife after she is kidnapped while on a road trip. Jeff and Amy Taylor (Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan) plan on starting a new life in California, but unfortunately while in transit their car breaks down in the Arizona desert. A passing trucker offers to give Amy a ride to bring help, but when she does not return Jeff begins to suspect something is wrong. With nobody to rely on but himself, he must investigate the incident and discover the true whereabouts of his missing spouse. Although Jeff can be abrasive at times, he is intelligent in the way he goes about his search. When he eventually confronts the same trucker that offered to give Amy a ride, he denies ever seeing either of them. The police are unable to help as there is no evidence of foul play.