Amy Beth Cook would do anything to leave her boring and tiny hometown of Flat Rock, Texas. When a man tells her he can make her a star, naively she grabs the opportunity without realizing he will sell her to a prostitution ring. Drugged and alone, she wakes up in New York City where the woman who runs the prostitution ring has her raped to break her in. She escapes and lives on the streets of New York City for many months sleeping in cars at night in garages under buildings, and stealing food and clothes by day.
She is sleeping in a car in the garage of the north tower of the World Trade Center building when terrorist blow it up in 1993. Fearful of ever sleeping in a garage under a building again, she moves into the pubic library. With nothing else to do at night, she begins to read books and discovers a thirst for learning. Over months of living in the library, she educate herself and her life changes. She begins stealing high fashion clothing and developing into a much more sophisticated woman.
John Schwartz, the owner of a modeling agency, sees her in a coffee shop and offers to make her a model. Thinking his offer is a lie like the one that brought her to New York, she ignored his offer for a long time, but one day decides to check it out. She is surprised to learn that Schwartz is who he says he is. Under his sponsorship, she trains to be a runway fashion model.
Two men who used to work for Calvin Klein start their own cosmetics company, PK Cosmetics. They intend to use very young or young looking models following the technique of their former employer. Schwartz knows that even thought Amy is an adult, she could easily pass for 16. He and his assistant, Karen Delaney, audition Amy to be PK's young model. Made to look like a young teenager, test marketing reveals that Amy Cook is perfect to be the icon PK is looking for.
Amy Cook takes the stage name of Kristi Burlington, and she becomes an overnight success. PK Cosmetics signs her to an exclusive contract worth millions. She and Karen Delaney form Kristi Burlington Enterprises, and she hires Karen to run the company for her. As Kristi tours the country for PK Cosmetics, her company, KBE, sells posters and pictures in every city. She endorses a line of lipsticks, sunshades, and other products, and by the end of the first year, Kristi is worth over a million dollars.
A year later, PK Cosmetics is ready to expand internationally. Kristi Burlington goes to London, Paris, and Rome introducing PK Cosmetics to Europe, and then they travel to Saudi Arabia on a tour through the Middle East to promote PK's line of cosmetics that is specially designed to appeal to that region.
On the way to a university for a sales presentation with college students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the driver of their limousine takes them out into the dessert where members of Hezbollah are waiting. Hezbollah kidnaps Kristi Burlington to trade her for explosives that they need to blow up an America base. Hezbollah holds her for weeks in a dark room not letting her come out, except twice a day for a food. Eventually Hezbollah arranges to trade her to a man who is starting a new organization called Al-Qaeda. The man, Osama bin-Laden, trades a truck loaded with explosives to Hezbollah for her.
Osama bin-Laden needs a bold act to make his organization known to the world. He puts Kristi Burlington and an American Air Force enlisted man on video in a white room. A hooded man addresses the American President with the message that if American troops are not removed from Saudi Arabia – the Muslim Holy Land – within 30 days, they are going to cut off Kristi Burlington's head, and to demonstrate that they are serious, they cut off the head of the American Air Force man right in front of her. Kristi Burlington has 30 days to live.
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