8:30pm Thursday, August 4 on Prime
Southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan: American forces engage with Taliban fighters. Heavily out-numbered and with more enemy approaching, they’re in desperate need of air support. On a hilltop a man types furiously on a laptop. As British air support arrives and a missile released, the Marines breathe a sigh of relief. But the typing becomes more hurried and the missile suddenly changes course, hitting the US troops. The computer hacker lets out a cheer of jubilation – he’s British. Section 20, London: An investigation is launched into how British air support failed and it’s discovered that encryption codes were hacked into in the field. Evidence leads to a former missile guidance engineer, Gerald Baxter who served in Iraq but was dismissed, suffering with PTSD.
Collinson sends Porter to Afghanistan to investigate. Posing as an arms dealer who can sell illegally gained ISAF missile codes, he is kidnapped by his contact and taken to meet Baxter. But the Americans locate them, attack the camp, capturing Porter and Baxter. Porter wants to know why the Americans want Baxter dead? Escaping US Forces the pair head to Pakistan to meet Zahir Sharq, the man Baxter claims is the future of Afghanistan, and will buy the ISAF missile codes from Porter. On arrival as Porter sets about doing the deal, Baxter gleefully demonstrates his loyalty to Sharq, exposing Porter’s true occupation – ‘a Special Forces Operative’. But Baxter’s world is thrown into a spin, as he overhears a telephone conversation between his beloved leader, Sharq and an American, Frank Arlington. Is Baxter set to be one of Sharq’s sacrifices?