Red (Dennis Hopper), fresh from Prison, is an aging scam-artist looking for a new job. Together with fellow ex-con Ronnie (Viggo Mortensen), a naive and easily manipulated young hoodlum, Red starts his own business. However, this business involves organising fake-money sales and murder. Things go wrong when Ronnie kills an undercover agent, who's partner Jimmy Mercer (Wesley Snipes) has one week before being transferred. The clock is ticking for Jimmy as he tries to track down his partners killers, and enforce his own justice.