Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) was an insurance investigator until his company refused to pay for his young son's medical treatment, resulting in his death. Now, two years later, divorced and descending into alcoholism, Nate is hired to head a team of highly skilled criminals to recover stolen airplane designs: Alec Hardison, an internet and computer specialist; Eliot Spencer, a "retrieval specialist;" Parker, an expert thief; and Sophie Devereaux, a high-society grifter. As the team works more cons together targeting the richest, greediest, and most unjust, they discover trust along the way.
Nate Ford is a former insurance investigator who specialised in the recovery of high-value items. The CEO of an aerospace company asks Nate to lead a band of criminals to recover airplane blueprints that were stolen by a rival company. However, Nate later learns that he was deceived and must convince his "team" to steal the blueprints back.
Leverage Consulting & Associates is hired to investigate the wounding of a reservist by mercenaries in Iraq.
A speeding pick-up races onto the property of Kensington Racetrack, in Kentucky, and stops in front of a burning stable. Aimee Martin jumps out amongst the painful whinnies and screams of horses trapped in the blazing building. A single thoroughbred gallops out, followed by Aimee’s father, Willie. When she tries to run in to save the other horses, he tells her it’s too late.
Nate's childhood best friend seeks the help of Leverage Consulting & Associates in preventing the demolition of his church... by stealing a miracle.
Nathan walks into Imperial Valley Bank in Juan, California, a desert town, with Judge Roy, a corrupt, egocentric, and completely inappropriate man. The judge hands Nathan a briefcase full of thousands of dollars after what seems like a very long courtship. Nathan has been running a con on him for two weeks—Roy thinks they’ve set up a money laundering scam, but Nathan intends to bankrupt him. To help him, Sophie has been playing the part of a banker. Across the street in a sweltering van, Hardison complains about agreeing to do a “rip deal.” He thinks they take too long, especially when it has to take place in a town hotter than hell in the middle of nowhere. Parker, who likes Juan, calmly explains that it takes a long time to convince the mark that he’s getting deal so that they can then rip him off. She lights what looks to be pages from a ledger on fire. When Hardison places a call to Eliot to confirm that he’s shutdown all of their fake addresses and p.o. boxes, it becomes clear that they’re all destroying evidence of ever having worked in Juan.
In Belgrade, Serbia, Dana and Joe Morton confront a group of people—two men, one woman—in a parking garage. The couple wants to know where Luka is. When the trio doesn’t say a word, they push for more information, but the two men push back even harder and Joe is left unconscious on the ground.
Five years ago, mob boss Nicky Mosconi had a meeting with another mob operative at Brava Cucina, a neighborhood Italian restaurant.
At Leverage headquarters, a married couple, Stacey and Mark Jameson, speak to the crew about the circumstances surrounding their daughter, Ashley’s, death. It was caused by water contaminated by fertilizer but, when they went to Genogrow Industries, the company that makes the fertilizer, they were laughed out of the office.
In Holgan County, Mississippi, Wayne Scott’s’ house has just been foreclosed upon. While his son and wife pack up boxes of their possessions on the front lawn, Wayne argues with the Sheriff Jimmy Delahoussaye, the officer overseeing the case. Delahoussaye tells him he should’ve paid the contractor.Wayne counters and says he paid the contractor with all of the money he had, but his men left the house a mess. To little, too late. There’s nothing Delahoussaye can do—the house has already been sold—to the contractor who was supposed to take care of the house! Wayne puts it together right away: the guy who was supposed to prevent him from getting foreclosed upon stole his home instead.
To discover where an investment broker hid money he swindled from a charity, the team tricks the financier into entering a rehab facility to deal with his addictions to nicotine patches, porn, gambling, lying and eating…to name a few. But they soon learn they aren’t the only ones out to get him. And the rehab setting of their con starts to have an effect on Nate.
Parker reports for jury duty in order to keep up the legitimacy of one of her aliases. The case involves a man who died as the result of a questionable nutrition supplement. During the trial, however, Parker notices some strange things. It seems someone is trying to buy a favorable verdict, but not if the Leverage team can steal it first.
A very wobbly, visibly drunk Nathan climbs out of a cab in front of an art museum. He reads a sign in front that points guests in the direction of the “Ian Blackpoole Wing Founders’ Night Reception.” Dropping an empty liquor bottle as he goes, Nathan stumbles in the direction of the outdoor party. When he attempts to walk straight through the entrance with no ticket, a security guard stops him, but only momentarily. Nathan knocks him to the ground. Ian Blackpoole himself approaches Nathan, who pulls a gun on him. When he asks if he’s there to kill him, Nathan tells Blackpoole that, no, he won’t be doing that tonight. The cocky Blackpoole invites him in for the shrimp. Drunkenly stating his love of the crustaceans, Nathan tosses the gun aside and follows the older man in.
After their last heist was foiled and the team goes underground to avoid repercussions from the authorities, Nate comes out of hiding to directly challenge Blackpoole (the CEO of the company who denied medical treatment for his son) and Sterling (an insurance investigator from the same company). This time, he’s going to steal both of the historic David statuettes right out from under their noses. But Nate’s bigger challenge is to get his fractured team to work together again. The stakes have never been higher. Either Nate gets his vengeance, or his friends go to jail for the rest of their lives.