A washed-up Marine’s decision to help a victim of human trafficking exposes him and his remaining family to a criminal underworld hellbent on finding the girl and making him pay.
Set within the crime thriller genre, THE NIGHT WATCHMAN tells the dramatic story of a fractured Chicago family whose lives are turned upside down by a vicious criminal underworld. At the center are a homeless veteran (Walter) and his old friend Manny, who owns a local diner. Walter’s past trauma has kept him from revealing that he is the father of Glenn, a punk-rock teen who works as a dishwasher at the diner. When Manny surprises Walter with an impromptu meeting, he is unable to cope and retreats to a nearby cemetery to confront his past demons at the grave of the boy’s mother. Walter awakens from a botched suicide attempt to find armed human traffickers (Angus and Danny), unaware of his presence, as they prepare to bury an immigrant girl (Natalia) in a nearby grave. Despite his fragile state, Walter attempts to help Natalia, but when Glenn sets out to find Walter, he runs head-first into the dire situation unfolding in the cemetery. Both are wounded as they narrowly escape – leading Angus on a harrowing foot chase through the cemetery away from Natalia (hidden within a mausoleum). The extreme circumstances forge a bond between Walter and Glenn as the chase ultimately leads back to Manny’s Diner where the misfit group must band together to protect Natalia and survive a predawn siege led by Angus’s corrupt politically connected boss (Burke) and his fellow henchmen.