Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas) is a wealthy investment banker, but his success has come at a cost. He is estranged from both his ex-wife and his only brother, Conrad (Penn). He remains haunted from having seen his father commit suicide on the latter’s 48th birthday. On his own 48th birthday, Conrad presents Nicholas with an unusual gift—a voucher for a “game” offered by a company called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Conrad promises that it will change Nick’s life.