The USS Brandyn is ordered to sink a suspected terrorist boat off the coast of the United States. Captain Kelvin Hanson learns the target is not what he has been told. He disobeys the order and is relieved of his command. During the trial, it comes out that Hanson was correct, but he's still dishonorably discharged for disobeying a direct order. He can't figure out why the president would order the military to fire on an unarmed private ship.
New to the world outside of military life, Kelvin starts to suspect the government is hiding more secrets including whose boat was targeted directly by the president. Through his journalist wife, he creates an alliance with Ashlee Townsend and her anti-government organization, The Freedom Group. She and her team are well-connected with plans of their own to deal with the corruption they suspect of the current administration. She invites Kelvin to join up with her and what they find out not only rocks the US but also the rest of the world.