New York, 1974: Chris (Clive Owen) is released from prison. Reluctantly waiting for him on the outside is his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with an aspiring future. After trying to stay on the straight path without any success, Chris inevitably descends back into a life of crime and puts Frank in a tough predicament. Should he cover for his brother and salvage the only family he has? Or should he do the right thing and risk destroying everything he loves?