Held begins with Emma Barrett (Jill Awbrey, who also wrote the screenplay) getting a ride to an isolated luxury retreat deep in the woods (early fun overhead shots show nothing but trees as far as the eye can see), where she will spend the weekend with her husband Henry (Bart Johnson), who will arrive the next morning. She seems to be a writer stuck in a rut, but what’s more obvious is that she doesn’t seem particularly enthusiastic about this holiday.
Joe (Rez Kempton), a polite driver, tries to strike up a conversation (respectfully backing off if a question is intrusive), but Emma is uninterested. Nonetheless, Joe ominously warns her that the place seems unsafe while simultaneously asking for a little extra on the tip (due to the location’s remoteness from society), and then departs.
Even the opulent holiday home doesn’t seem to excite Emma much, whether she’s getting a cocktail or relaxing in the built-in swimming pool. Henry does, however, arrive sooner than planned, much to her surprise. This is not a happy marriage, as Emma and Joe’s conversation already showed. This vacation seems to be a last-ditch attempt to save what’s left. They go to bed early because there’s always the possibility that tomorrow will be a better day and a weekend of fun will begin. That’s where things start to get creepy, unintentionally funny at times, but most importantly exciting, even though some elements of these characters leave something to be desired.