Upon breaking out of a Belfast H-block prison, Dowd (Stephen Rea) heads for New York to start a new life. After hanging out with low lifes and junkies, he falls in with Guatemalean refugee Tulio (Alfred Molina), who saves his life. Whilst recovering from his ordeal, Dowd falls in love with Tulio's sister Monica (Rosana Pastor). When he learns that Tulio, Monica and their friend Paco intend to assassinate a man responsible for the torture and death of their countrymen, he offers his professional assistance in an attempt to prevent them all from getting killed. The FBI, however, are closing in.