Ekwueme (E.K.) is a West African immigrant who desperately needs money to bring his family safely to America. He gets a job as a handy-man, working for a very traditional and stoic Ensō Tanaka, who pays him handsomely for seemingly menial tasks.
The two men begin to develop a bond that is put to the test when Ensō asks E.K. to help him commit harakiri: Japanese ritualistic suicide. E.K. must decide if he will fulfill Ensō's wish; a wish that goes against everything that E.K. believes in, but that will promise to bring him what he wants most in this world: his family.