Mike Manadoro (Kevin Zegers), a young man from the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, wants nothing more than to leave the old neighborhood and study photography at a prestigious Manhattan university. The problem is Mike’s father Vinny (Vincent D’Onofrio), a retired sanitation worker-turned-bookie, is on disability and does not have the financial means to support his son’s dream.
When local mob boss Tony (Titus Welliver) offers Mike a well-paid job delivering a mysterious package, he thinks he has found his ticket to freedom. Mike soon saves enough money to enter college and there he meets the beautiful and intellectual Kathy Popovich (Sophia Bush). She is the complete opposite of every girl he has ever met, but in order to keep her around, he needs to hide his new gig.
However, when Nicky Shades (Eddie Cahill), Mike’s tough childhood buddy Nicky Shades gets back from Afghanistan and is looking for a job, trouble ensues. In this world of small-time crime, friendship and loyalty are in short supply. The stakes only get higher as it becomes clear Mike must quickly decide which way his life is going to turn, and that no matter what he chooses, there will be consequences.