A top agent, Connelly, saves the president's life when he is attacked on board Air Force One. In return for his help, the agent requests to be assigned to 'football' duty. The 'football' is a briefcase controlling all of the US's nuclear arsenal. But while on a trip to Taiwan in order to restore peace between China and Taiwan, a double agent within the CIA betrays the president and both the president and the 'football' are captured. Taiwan launches an ICBM attack on China, the US Vice-President is left to prevent a nuclear war and Connelly has to recover the football and deactivate the US missiles.