Single mom Cameron Chandler is an investigator with Penny-wise Investigations, a discount detective agency conveniently located in a suburban shopping mall. She is approaching her office with a cup of Guatemalan dark roast in her hand when she hears a gunshot and sees a young man collapse just a few feet away. Chaos breaks out in the packed mall as people try to escape.
Cameron kneels beside the gunshot victim and is grabbed from behind by a man she fears is the shooter. As he forcibly drags her toward the mall exit, she suddenly realizes who he is—Gary, a man who once saved her life.
Once outside, Gary admits that he was the shooter’s target. He and three associates had engaged in what they thought was a legitimate but secret operation only to find themselves caught in a quagmire of government intrigue and covert manipulation. She agrees to help by taking care of his dog while he investigates why someone is trying to eliminate them.
After Cameron agrees to foster Gary’s large dog, Bandit, someone shows up at Penny-wise with a description of Bandit, claiming that he wants them to locate “his” dog, and Cameron realizes that she and her family could be in danger.
Next, a woman claiming to be with the FBI wants to talk with Cameron about Gary, but her boss at Penny-Wise decides it’s time the agency steps in to investigate what’s going on.