When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commander, Captain Ben Marco when he was knocked unconscious. Relay event for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened or did not happen in Kuwait. Marco research begins to unravel the story to the point of the question if it was made at all. It is possible that the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero, as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to avoid detection.