The GNN team, led by Rex Brooks (Sigourney Weaver) is preparing to cover the historic summit in Salamanca, Spain. Her team of camera operators are covering as many angles as she asks them to. Angie Jones (Zoe Saldana) is her only reporter on the ground and Rex is having a tough time keeping Angie in check. Secret Service Agent Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) is back on the job after taking a bullet for his commander in chief. He is still on medication to help him keep his head held high. His associates are placing bets that he won't be able to keep it together, he gives himself a 50/50 chance.
Spanish Officer Javier (Édgar Ramírez) is on the job, getting ready to protect the mayor of Salamanca. As he enters the area and identifies himself to security, he observes a female who he appears to be close with. He hands over a bag, which she asked him to bring for her.
Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker) is a tourist at the political event of his life. He is taking advantage of the new video camera that he purchased for his trip to Spain. He may not be an experienced cameraman, but he is in the right place at the right time to witness the unfortunate shooting of his President.
As he is whisked to the summit, President Ashton's limo is stopped and a member of his protective detail enters the car. A confirmation that there is a credible threat against his life causes them to change the scheduled plans and send in a double instead of the leader of the free world. Back at the hotel, President Ashton witnesses the shooting of his double.
Pete Travis directs this fast paced action drama, with supporting roles by Matthew Fox (Secret service agent Kent Taylor), Richard T. Jones (Secret service agent Holden) and Bruce McGill as Phil McCullough.