After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.
Matthias “Matt” Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) is the respected chief of police in the small town of Banyan Key, Florida. He has recently executed a successful, high-profile drug bust that turned up $450,000 in drug money.
Although he enjoys his job, his drinking while on duty is an obvious character flaw, exacerbated by his pending divorce from his wife, homicide detective Alex Diaz Whitlock (Eva Mendes). Matt is currently seeing local resident Anne Merai Harrison (Sanaa Lathan) – whose husband Chris (Dean Cain), a former professional quarterback turned security guard, abuses her.
Matt’s friend, Chae (John Billingsley), a medical examiner, jokingly wants them to use the $450,000 to go into business together. Matt, however, finds out that Anne has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Dorothy Macha was involved in illegal gambling all over the city. With the help of three goons, known as “the three Eddies”, he controlled several games that took place in the underground. On one occasion, just before a big game, Macha lost his card man. Knowing about Jake’s skill at the table, Macha and the three Eddies asked him to fill in the spot. When Jake refused, they harassed Jake’s brother, Billy, and Billy’s family in order to convince Jake to play. He succumbed and ended up winning. The loser, a high roller named George, insulted Jake’s mother and Jake responded by shooting him in the foot, igniting a gunfight in which the game’s money vanished.
Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he’s helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole’s wall. While Cole’s men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld.