Charlie Howard - mystery writer and incorrigible thief - is in for a tough vacation in Las Vegas. Losing at poker is one thing, but to find his literary agent, Victoria, being charmed by the Fifty-Fifty casino resort's star magician, Josh Masters, is another irritation entirely. Still, Charlie's not one to hold a grudge, especially when he could be holding Masters' wallet. A spot of burglary seems in order and Charlie's only too happy to oblige.
But it's not long before Charlie and Victoria find themselves threatened with a one-way trip into the desert unless they can conjure up a small fortune in 24 hours. For Charlie, there's only one course of action: break into as many hotel rooms as he can, steal as much as possible, and hope that Victoria can summon Lady Luck to the gaming table. Mind you, it would all be a lot easier if Charlie hadn't stumbled upon a dead woman, and if Josh Masters hadn't vanished in the middle of his act.