Mr. and Mrs. Adams are travelling abroad for ten days. While away, they have left Miss Barbara, a wholesome, athletic twenty-year-old, in charge of their house and children. The first several days go swimmingly. Barbara is a firm but loving babysitter to Cindy and Bobby Adams. She feels comfortable peacefully ruling over the rich, country farmhouse while their parents are away. Unfortunately, the children have other plans for the babysitter.
With the help of neighborhood children Dianne, John, and Paul, the children take control of the Adams' household. Calling themselves the "Freedom Five," the children tie Brabara to her bed. They hold her hostage, binding her hands and legs. With a gag taped in her mouth, she can't even call for help. The children govern themselves with adult sensibility, cooking and cleaning for themselves. They interact with Barbara only to feed her bread and water. They lead her to the bathroom with a rope tied around her neck. Barbara tells herself that they will surely release her when they tire of the game.
As the days progress, Barbara gradually begins to lose hope. The children become desensitized to her status as a human being, and they begin to treat her with more cruelty. With their parents due home shortly, each child is forced to face the consequences of their horrible actions. The question quickly becomes: will Barbara survive her stay at the Adams'?
This report prepared by Anna Ellermeyer