A footloose young man must undergo a dark and brutal "trial by fire" to save the love of his life in this flashy, violent adventure saga from Fredrik Bond, a celebrated director of television commercials. American Charlie Countryman's (Shia La Beouf) heart breaks as his mother (Melissa Leo) expires in a hospital, but seconds after her death, she reappears to him in spirit form and implores him to visit Bucharest, Romania. On the plane, he strikes up a conversation with an enigmatic stranger, who dies in mid-flight; not long after, Charlie crosses paths with the man's daughter, beautiful cellist Gabi Banyai (Evan Rachel Wood). The two quickly grow smitten with one another and begin an affair, but there are complications afoot, including Gabbi's marriage to a dissolute, psychopathic Romanian drug dealer called Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen) and one of his associates, mobster and strip club owner Darko (Til Schweiger) - each of whom despises Charlie and wants to see him dead. A recklessness overcomes Charlie, however, and he soon reveals that he's willing to do anything to claim Gabi, even if it means putting his very life on the line at the hands of these thugs.