The film is based on real events that occurred during the Cold War between the US and the USSR. James Donovan - a lawyer who long ago moved away from the criminal cases, opting for insurance cases. He lives a quiet measured life, until the state instructs him a very important job. He was entrusted the protection of Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy who was arrested by FBI agents in New York. However, this is not the case turns out to be the most difficult in the career of a lawyer. Soviet authorities arrested the pilot Francis Powers, the leading espionage activities over the territory of the USSR. Authorities Warring States agreed to exchange prisoners in East Berlin. To carry out this exchange and to be James Donovan ..