In 1989 an explosion on board the USS Iowa, a historic WWII Battleship, cost the lives of forty-six sailors. Captain Fred Moosally (James Caan) knows the cause of the accident but does not want to be held responsible when the official investigation gets underway. So he has the evidence destroyed and the crew members intimidated in order to cover up the truth and not have the US Navy embarrassed in public. But Lieutenant Dan Meyer (Robert Sean Leonard) is determined to get to the truth, against Moosally's wishes and will risk everything to get it. Based on a true story.