At a time when the U.S. is seized by the worst oil shortage in history, Wall Street big shot Tom Hansen (Christian Slater) is asked to oversee a big oil merger. Tom jumps at the chance to kickstart his faltering career, while at the same time, embarking on a sexually-charged love affair with idealistic business school graduate Abbey Gallagher (Selma Blair). Steadily, Tom begins to uncover a global conspiracy of illegal oil trafficking, governmental cover-ups and murder. Tom and Abbey's lives are in danger when they become embrolied in the web of conspiracy with the Russian Mafia. With the clock ticking, Tom has put his career, his reputation and his life in jeopardy to protect Abbey and expose the truth about the deal.