After 10 years of serving his country, working in Eastern Europe and the OPECcountries as a covert operative, Michael lived every spy's worst nightmare. While in the middle of a dangerous mission in Nigeria, Michael learns he's been burned. When a spy gets fired, he doesn't get a call from human resources and a gold watch. In Michael's case, they jeopardize his life, freeze his bank accounts, dump him in Miami, and flag him on every government list known to man. They can't take away his skills or what's in his head, so they take away his assets and his resources to make sure he can never work again. They burn him.
Michael eventually learned that his burn notice wasn't just some clerical error or the work of one corrupt government official, instead, it was ordered by a secret organization that used burned spies to carry out their illegal missions. Faceless, nameless, and resourceful, the people who burned Michael seemed to be an almost invincible enemy. That is until Michael acquired a list of every person involved with his burn notice, hunted them down, and dismantled their entire operation. Now Michael can try to put his life back together. Meanwhile, he still has to fend off a hostile world of old foes gunning for him. In order to survive, Michael enlists the help of the only three "friends" he has: Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) his trigger happy, ex-IRA operative girlfriend, Sam (Bruce Campbell) a washed-out Navy SEAL who used to report to the Feds on Michael's activities, and Jesse (Coby Bell) an ex-CIA agent, who's learned to embrace his new life as a highly-paid, private security consultant. Michael's also forced to deal with the family he went halfway around the world to get away from — particularly his mother, Madeline (Sharon Gless).
Before he was burned, Michael was happiest when he was in a different hemisphere from the rest of his family. He was 17 when he left home to join the military and he never looked back. But after being stuck in Miami, the one place he vowed never to return to, he's been forced to confront the bad memories of his childhood and repair the broken relationships he left behind.
Michael helps out whoever needs his services — usually desperate people who can't go to the police. Using his Special Ops training, some duct tape and his sardonic humor, Michael becomes a reluctant hero. It's a dangerous gig, but Michael's damn good at it.