Neal Caffrey, a con artist, forger, and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI.
With only months left in serving a four-year sentence, he escapes to look for his girlfriend Kate.
Peter Burke, the FBI agent who initially captured Caffrey, finds and returns him to prison.
This time, Caffrey proposes a deal with the FBI, as part of a work-release program. After some hesitation, Burke agrees.
They begin an unconventional arrangement in which Caffrey helps Burke apprehend dangerous white collar criminals.