First, Detroit millionaire Nate Quigley, disappeared. Then Eddie Devine vanished. Eddie's wife, Jennifer, convinced Stephen Fargo, a family friend and former detective, to find Eddie, suspecting his involvement in Quigley's disappearance.
Fargo took the job and soon got a message that his life was in danger. Confirming the threat, someone took a shot at Fargo and two men kidnapped him and his new girlfriend. Fargo escaped by killing the two men.
Meanwhile, Eddie Devine sought refuge with Naomi Butler, with whom he'd corresponded while in prison for assault. They attended a poetry slam featuring Crank, who Eddie knew in prison as Pellet.
Next day, Pellet flew to Florida to kill a friend of Quigley's, Frank Altobello. On the flight, Pellet reminisced about killing Quigley for the same mysterious client who put out the contract on Altobello. Back home, Pellet got yet another assignmentâ€”famous talk show host and survivalist, Eric Crowe.
Pellet had enraged his employer by making an anonymous call to the Scott Crowe show admitting to Quigley's murder. Naomi, making the connection between the caller and â€œCrankâ€� had now become a threat, along with Eddie.
But Crowe had been Pellet's client all along. He set up Pellet, then killed him in â€œself-defense.â€� At that point, a former fellow inmate of Eddie's, Stanford Burke, whom Eddie had hoped to join on the Big Island of Hawaii, showed up, admitting he had been working with Crowe.
Suspecting a double-cross, Crowe kidnapped Jennifer Devine, demanding that Fargo, Burke, and Devine engage in a guerrilla raid to rescue her.