Russell Crowe as a CIA superior at odds with field agent Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission--to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman."

His plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II (The Man Who Never Was) : He prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity.