Rising up the ladder of stock market success, talented upstart Nick Leeson (Ewan McGregor) scrambles out of clerkdom and into a promising career as a futures trader. Sent by his employer, Barings' Bank, to Jakarta, Leeson saves his company a fortune in disputed bearer bonds, further enhancing his fast-growing reputation as a financial whiz kid. After he's transferred to Singapore, Leeson accepts the daunting challenge of instructing neophytes; when one trainee stumbles badly, Leeson impulsively covers the debt with bank funds and sets a dangerous precedent. Convinced of his invincibility, he secretly begins trading with his bank's own finances. But disaster strikes t...