In 1993 three New Tribes Missions missionaries serving in Panama were kidnapped and ultimately murdered by Colombian guerillas. Nancy Mankins, the wife of one of the victims tells the powerful story surrounding these events. Hostage is really three stories in one: First there is an overview of the ministry that these missionaries had in the jungle tribe where they were being wonderfully used of God. In alternate fashion Mankins weaves the second story, that of the kidnapping and the events that followed. The third story, and the most important, is the honest struggle and triumphant faith of wives and children left behind. The result is a heartbreaking yet challenging account of three little known missionary families that understood that it is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.