A U.S. led commando raid in Kazakhstan captures a renegade Russian leader, General Radek, and James Marshal, the President of the United States, declares that the U.S. will no longer tolerate nor negotiate with any terrorist group. No sooner does he makethat statement then a group of Radek supporters, led by Ivan Korshunov and assisted by secret service agent Gibbs, hijack Air Force One. Their demands are that Radekbe released from prison or else, they'll execute a prisoner every half hour. What they didn't count on is that Marshall didn't leave the plane in the jettisoned escape pod, but instead remained on board. Back in Washington, the Vice President must decide whether to deal with Korshunov's demands while thwarting Secretary of Defense Walter Dean's attempts at usurping executive power. As Marshall makes his way through the plane taking out the terrorists, he must deal with saving the lives of his wife, and twelve-year old daughter, other White House workers,and with the damaged executive plane that's heading for a crash.