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Teddy (James Purefoy) has come to the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti with his partner, Philip (Jesse L. Martin), to try and solve an almost-hopeless food shortage. Philip, who was born in Haiti but left as a teenager, is locking horns with a powerful island senator named Jean Beauvais who also happens to be Philip'?s estranged brother. Philip wants to help Haiti; but Jean wants Haiti to help itself. Common ground between the brothers is marred by years of resentment and mistrust.
Teddy (James Purefoy) and Philip?s (Jesse L. Martin) college friend, Rhada Shivpuri (guest star Sarita Choudhury), asks for their help to delicately negotiate with both the Indian and Pakistani governments in an attempt to rebuild the region?s water system and reopen the ?The Line of Control? which divides the ancient land of Kashmir in two. The border restricts trade between India and Pakistan and Rhada hopes, with Teddy and Philip?s help, water will be transported to put an end to the severe draught suffered by both countries in the Kashmiri region. Their mission spirals out of control when militants wage an attack on Mumbai, halting their business plan. In an effort to get their operation back on track, Teddy heads into Kashmir on his own but in the process, lands himself in mortal danger. With Teddy missing, Philip and Dax (Michael Kenneth Williams) lead the manhunt to find their friend while Olivia (Neve Campbell) and AJ (Lindy Booth) sit anxiously by the phone in New York, praying Teddy will be found in one piece.
When charitable donations in San Diego are fraudulently charged to Teddy Rist's (James Purefoy) credit card, Teddy and Dax (Michael Kenneth Williams) go on a manhunt to search for the identity thief, following a trail of receipts through fancy hotels, tattoo parlors and strip clubs. Meanwhile, in New York, Olivia (Neve Campbell) and Philip (Jesse L. Martin) are devastated to find out that the man with whom they've been investing all of the Foundation's money has actually been running a Ponzi scheme -- the Maidstone-Rist charitable arm is now in financial jeopardy.
Teddy takes his ex-wife, Julia Rist (Krista Allen), on a journey as he tells her about his business venture to Kosovo, a country full of depression and poverty since the 1990s when the Serbian army attacked the Albanian Muslims, who make up the majority of the population. In a series of flashbacks, Teddy addresses the locals in Kosovo, explaining that his company would like to invest money in a bauxite halloysite mine which will not only be profitable for Maidstone-Rist but will ensure them a better future. Teddy wants the Serbians and Albanians to work together at the mine and start a business that will better the lives of all those who populate Kosovo. As the Serbians and Albanians refuse to pull together, it?s clear their hatred runs deeper than Teddy first thought. AJ (Lindy Booth) and Philip (Jesse L. Martin) worry Teddy has bitten off more than he can chew.
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