A pool hall becomes a home to a loan shark in Edinburgh in the late 1970s. There, Nickie Dryden is arrested after attempting to force money out of an undercover policeman.
Twenty years later Nickie is married to a successful writer and is making a living as a sculptor. The policeman who arrested him all those years ago refuses to believe that Nickie could have changed so much…
In the Bronx, Joe, an Irish good guy, gets bad news twice the same day: he has a brain tumour and his wife wants a divorce, saying he’s dull and lacks adventure. With her father’s blessing, Joe takes off for adventures in the weeks before risky surgery.
In Louisville, he’s latched onto by Hush, a talkative belle with two kids, big debts to a nasty bookie, and few prospects.
Even after she steals his wallet, Joe offers temporary help, bonds with her kids, and faces down the bookie. Soon Hush, Joe, and the kids are on the run toward Vegas.
The bookie’s on their tail, so are some Bronx bad guys, cancer lurks, Hush has her gambling Jones, and the kids want stability. Can this work out?