Miles Driver, founder, majority owner and CEO of a successful company specializing in cutting edge AI development. is a billionaire twice over and an innovator in a number of futuristic enterprises, including life extension and the so-called ‘Internet of Things’. He is also a compulsive thrill seeker, currently training himself, through more and more dangerous ‘base jumps' (free fall parachute-aided descents from mountains and helicopters) in preparation for a wingsuit flight, when he will don an outfit resembling an inflated Batman costume and glide on wind currents from an altitude of several thousand feet, until he is almost at ground level, when he will open a parachute and break his fall.
Why, then, is he spending time, and the resources of his own company, on a mysterious mission whose objective is kept totally secret?
The preparations for this mission involve intricate timing, juggling, martial arts, a crew of ex-Navy Seals who are specialists in evading pursuit, electronic surveillance, and careful editing of audio out-takes from a film starring an elusive and celebrated movie star who, like Katherine Hepburn, jealously guards her privacy and refuses even to show up to her (two) Oscars.
The solution to the mystery arrives when Miles, dressed as a clown, and unrecognizable under his clown make-up, shows up at a birthday party for a 12-year old girl who attends the same school as the daughter of the movie star. The movie star's daughter, Sophie, has been invited to the party, and Miles has arranged for himself to be there too, disguised as a clown hired to entertain the kids.
The party does not go as planned. Shortly after Miles begins his routine, two other ‘clowns’ show up, and proceed to hold the assembled adults hostage, while looking for Sophie, the movie star’s daughter. Thinking fast, Miles creates a diversion, grabs Sophie, and escapes from the scene with her.
Reassuring her that he is her protector, Miles then makes off with Sophie to a ‘safe house', and later to his country hideaway.
Back in New York, Sophie’s mother, Constance, is hearing from Miles’ trusted lieutenant, Luke, ensconced in his own safe house and untraceable by New York‘s Finest.
That message is simple. If Constance wants to see Sophie, she must follow the instructions that he, Luke, will give her, and allow herself to be taken to the destination where she will be reunited with her daughter.
In spite of all the police do to try to dissuade her, Constance agrees.
And in spite of all efforts to follow her, Constance disappears, thanks to the meticulous planning and superior technical resources Miles has brought to bear on the whole enterprise.
And so it is that Constance arrives at Miles’ family compound, and spends the rest of the night in a comfortable cottage on the property. She is woken up the next morning by Sophie jumping on her bed and singing the praises of Miles as her savior.
Sophie takes Constance to the main house to meet her 'hero', the clown who saved her from the bad guys, and after a courteous greeting from Miles, Constance plays along with his welcome, thanks him for his effort in rescuing her daughter, and says it’s now time for them both to go home.
Oh, says, Miles, that isn’t necessary.
Because this is your home.
[What Miles’ true motives are, and how Constance deals with them, are only revealed in the last moments of the movie.]