Alfred Borden is accused of killing Robert Angier when he dies during the execution of an amazing trick, "The Transported Man." These obsessively rival magicians' adversity begins when Borden mistakenly kills Angier's wife during a dangerous magic act. Each tries to hurt or kill the other through their own tricks, and each tries to one-up the other. Angier becomes a very successful magician, but only by copying Borden's greatest trick, "The Transported Man." Angier does it using a double, but no one knows how exactly Borden does it. The key to the whole mystery seems to be an inventor located deep in the Rocky Mountains, Nikola Tesla.