In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad — a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.
With friends like these, who needs enemies? That’s the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead — or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, Porter’s partners and the crooked cops on his tail learn how bad payback can be.