Andrew Shepherd je ameriški predsednik. Že lep čas je vdovec, ki si ni našel nove ljubezni. Ko spozna zagrizeno okoljevarstvenico Sydney Wade, se v njemu nepričakovano znova prebudijo čustva, vendar pride zaradi tega tudi do številnih novih zapletov. Na srečo ima predsednik na voljo kopico ljudi, ki mu pomagajo usklajevati natrpan urnik ter reševati manjše in večje politične krize. Ker je volilno leto, si ne sme privoščiti napak, saj politični nasprotniki čakajo prav nanje. Toda tudi najmočnejši mož v državi je le človek z napakami.
Andrew Shepherd is approaching the end of his first term as President of the United States. He's a widower with a young daughter and has proved to be popular with the public. His election seems assured. That is until he meets Sydney Ellen Wade, a paid political activist working for an environmental lobby group. He's immediately smitten with her and after several amusing attempts, they finally manage to go on a date (which happens to be a State dinner for the visiting President of France). His relationship with Wade opens the door for his prime political opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, to launch an attack on the President's character, something he could not do in the previous election as Shepherd's wife had only recently died.