A refugee from Ireland's Troubles finds that he can run but he can't hide. Longtime IRA soldier Sean Dowd (Stephen Rea) joins his prison mates in a bold and bloody escape, but once he's outside he realizes the passion and resolve that made him a
valuable asset to the cause have been drained away by his years in jail. He relocates to New York, takes a room in a transient hotel and drifts into a menial job as a restaurant dishwasher. After nearly getting himself killed while trying to break up a fight between a strung-out junkie and her
boyfriend, he's nursed back to health by coworker Tulio (Alfred Molina) and his beautiful sister Monica (Rosana Pastor), Guatemalan ...