Fleming goes to Germany to retrieve nuclear plans before the Russians find them and encounters renegade German soldiers who refuse to give up their helpless cause. Back in London, Fleming's days in naval intelligence dwindle, and he is forced to find other ways to channel his imagination.
The Americans ask Fleming to write a blueprint for a Central Intelligence Agency, and Fleming persuades Godfrey to form an assault unit that is prepared to play dirty, with himself as commanding officer.
The early life of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, is explored. In the opener, Fleming begins work with British naval intelligence and cooks up a scheme to get information from two captured German submariners.