John Coniston,loyal manager of a cash-counting house where used bank notes are taken for disposal,is forced by gunmen who hold hostage his wife Kirsty and their young daughter to cooperate in a robbery in which security guard Chris is badly injured. Nine months earlier John and Kirsty had just bought a house and Chris had befriended Dita,an Eastern European teenager sacked by John for stealing. John,who makes up shortfalls from his own pocket,is under pressure from his boss Gordon to locate a stolen fifty-one grand and discovers that Chris and his friend,fork lift driver Marcus are attempting to smuggle it out in batches of two thousand pounds. John suggests they 'take the lot' and thus prepares the way for a full scale robbery.
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