The last resort is an intense political drama centered on the most politically intriguing. Friendly fire incident ever to occur in US history, Andre Brauer plays Marcus Chaplin Capt. of the USS Colorado which is a Navy Ohio class ballistic missile submarine, which has a cargo of 17 nuclear missiles. The Colorado receives orders to launch their highly destructive cargo on Pakistan even though no declaration of war has yet declared not to mention that these orders do not come through the regular channels. But instead are relayed through the emergency channel located in the Antarctic, which is to be used only in the event of Washington DC's distraction or disabling of regular channels because of this anomaly in protocol. Capt. Chaplin is reluctant to fire until getting confirmation, either through the proper channels or from someone whose authority he recognizes directly such as the Secretary of Defense.