The Next Tree Days is a suspenseful thriller with a bit of a twist. The story takes places in Pittsburgh and is centered around the life of a typical family. A mom, played by Elizabeth Banks, a dad played by, Russel Crowe, and a son, played by Ty Simpkins become involved in a tragic case of injustice. Bank's character Lara is accused and convicted of murdering her boss and is sentenced to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Convinced of his wife's innocence John, played by Crowe, is attempts to appeal the decision, but fails.
The evidence against Lara is overwhelming. Her fingerprints found on the murder weapon, blood on her coat, an eye-witness putting her at the crime scene, and even a motive. After three long years of trying to overturn the conviction, John becomes desperate to get his wife out of jail and be a family again. He sees no alternative other than to break her out.
Knowing that the idea is far fetched and that he only has one chance to do it right, he consults a former convict played by Liam Neeson, convict and escape artist. John knew this was his only chance. Neeson tells John everything he needs to do. He needs money, passports, fake identifications and a solid plan. John knows it is all or nothing and begins collecting what he needs.
John's plans become compromised. He only has three days to break her out before she is moved for good. John puts things into action and despite a few bumps in the road, he is prepared for the break.
The plan is successful, but detectives are hot on their trail. John is worried that they won't make it past the border.
Meanwhile, the detective returns to the crime scene, gets a new perspective of the evidence and begins to wonder if the conviction was, in deed, a mistake.