In the beginning of the movie Jackie Brown gets in trouble for smuggling her own boss's gun money and still working as a flight attendant. The movie starts with her being in a very bad situation because she was caught by the feds, until they want to work with her to catch the man she is doing it for. She has a very big decision to make. She can either tell the police everything about her boss and get back her freedom or get caught by him first for talking about him and get killed.
She is very scared, not knowing which way to turn. In between everything that is going on, she then meets Max Cherry who is her bail bondsman that begins to fall in love with her. She tries a way to come up with a strategy to trick the feds so they would lay off of her boss and others, so they could be free to walk away with all the money. Jackie knows that she will need Max to help her get this done right. There is a million dollars at stake, and she is going to do everything to walk away with it unharmed.