Released from prison after six long years, Joey Larabito (Tim Roth) does not seem the type of guy to have committed a murder. Childlike, his every action speaks of innocence and kindness, even among the cruel realities and grime of New York. Returning to his childhood home, with a mere forty dollars in his pocket, Joey hopes to stay with his brother Tommy (James Russo) and his wife Lorraine (Deborah Kara Unger), until he can get back on his feet. Lorraine is reluctant, afraid that a hardened criminal is in their midst. As the weeks go by she slowly awakens to his kind, hard-working nature, but realises that all is not what it seems. Joey and Tommy are headed for collision. As the ties of childhood unravel in a tale of devotion and betrayal, one brother fights for the truth, the other for his life.