Exploring mythic themes of how the sins of the father are handed down to the son, Gosling is Luke, a brooding and rebellious high-wire motorcycle stunt performer. Passing through Schenectady in Upstate New York, he reconnects with his ex-lover Romina (Eva Mendes), only to discover he has a son. This news rocks his world and Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his new found family. Broke and on a dangerous impulse, he takes to robbing banks with accomplice Robin (Ben Mendelsohn). This desperate act will pit him against ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper).
The consequences of their confrontation will reverberate through to the next generation, where Avery and Luke's now teenage sons are on a tragic collision course with their shared destiny.