On August 30, 1978, an East German couple travelling with their child, used a toy gun to hijack an airliner to a U.S. base in West Germany. Now they must stand trial in a potentially explosive fight for their freedom in this taut, political thriller based on a true story. Martin Sheen stars as Herbert J. Stern, the American judge brought to West Berlin to reside over the complex, precedent-shattering case. Sean Penn gives an electrifying performance as the sole eyewitness to the incident — whose testimony holds the key to freedom or imprisonment for the hijackers. A compelling drama set against an intricate tapestry on international intrigue.