John Sands je tiste vrste vojak, na katerega se obrne vojska, ko potrebuje nekoga za izvedbo zelo tajnih operacij. Ker so vodilni mnenja, da John preveč ve, želijo na njem izvesti kemični postopek, s katerim bi mu izbrisali ves spomin. Čeprav mu uspe pobegniti, ga kmalu izsledijo, vendar mu tokrat vojska ponudi svobodo, če izpelje še zadnjo operacijo.
--**Contains Spoilers**----Air Force pilot John Sands has been wrongfully imprisoned in a military detention center, where his memory is to be chemically wiped because some of his superiors feel threatened by the knowledge that he gained from his assignments to operations that were deemed too sensitive for the regular intelligence services. Later, after John escapes from the detention center, a top secret Air Force Stealth Bomber known as the X-77, which uses the latest in stealth cloaking technology, making it capable of going anywhere undetected, is stolen by corrupt Air Force pilot Ratcher. General Tom Barnes, John's former commander, hears that John has been arrested after taking down a group of men who were robbing a rest stop. Knowing that John was Ratcher's trainer, Barnes sends John to northern Afghanistan with fellow pilot Rick Jannick to recover the X-77, promising John that he will be a free man if he succeeds. Barnes has Admiral Frank Pendleton, who is on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Arabia, keep a team of pilots on standby just in case an air attack needs to be launched on the compound where the X-77 has been hidden. Before John and Jannick arrive in Afghanistan, a Navy SEAL team that was planted there to meet them is killed by a group of men led by Eliana Reed. Not long after John and Jannick arrive, Eliana kidnaps Jannick, and she takes him to her boss, Peter Stone, the man who paid Ratcher $100,000,000 to steal the X-77. Later, in a village close to Stone's compound, John meets up with his contacts Jessica and Rojar. Jessica tells John that the SEAL team was killed. As it turns out, Stone was born from a Muslim mother and a British father. Stone had spent his childhood in the Middle East, but was educated at Oxford. Stone's mother was killed in an attack by U.S. troops during Desert Storm, and as a result, a vengeful Stone started financing terrorist groups, and later formed the Black Sunday terrorist group. Eliana is Stone's second-in-command.