In a London courtroom Willie Parker (Terence Stamp) betrays his criminal accomplices to the law. and, Despite being legally pardoned, he realises that he has, in effect, sentenced himself to death. Willie moves to a remote village in Spain and, certain that his former colleagues will eventually seek revenge, spends the next ten years meticulously preparing for his eventual execution. Finally a hit man, Braddock (John Hurt), is hired to snatch Willie and deliver him to Paris where he will meet his maker. Braddock and his sidekick Myron (Tim Roth) find themselves in an extraordinary situation: they have come to abduct and kill a man who is perfectly willing to die.