When the president of Russia unexpectedly dies and is succeeded by a man about whom little is known, tension increases as old fears ignite new paranoia. Director of Central Intelligence Bill Cabot (Freeman) recruits a young analyst from the Russia desk, Jack Ryan (Affleck), to offer insight and advice. Then the unthinkable happens: the capital of Chechnya is leveled by a nuclear bomb. The us is quick to blame the Russians and mistrust escalates regardless of Ryan’s certainty that other players are at work. He’s right. Terrorists bent on provoking open war between the 2 nations are moving at the back of the scenes to manufacture and escalate a conflict. After they successfully detonate a second bomb out of doors Baltimore all over the Super Bowl, the world is pushed inexorably towards war…unless Ryan can supply the needed proof to stem the tide of disaster in time.