As dawn breaks over New York, President Taylor endures a game-changing setback as the threat of mass destruction looms. Meanwhile, President Hassan makes a shocking decision that surprises his loved ones. But before long, trusted confidantes will become enemies of the state, and it's only the beginning of the betrayals that are to come as the race against time ticks on.
President Taylor's envoy to the Russians persuades them to return to the peace table, but at what cost? Jack goes to CTU to interrogate a nearly-forgotten traitor, and the President decides to talk to Jack there.
President Taylor faces impossible choices, and, much to the dismay of CTU, she enlists a private security firm to complete a sensitive task led by Mark Bledsoe. Meanwhile, Jack calls in a favor to his old friend Rick Vickers before embarking on a crucial mission of his own.
While the media interview the peace delegates, Jack and Cole have gone rogue to rescue a traitor being tortured by off-the-grid operatives; Logan gets President Taylor to approve putting his aide in charge of the manhunt.
While delegates review the peace agreement, Jack searches for evidence of Russian involvement in the day's tragedies, covered up at the highest levels. Ex-President Logan is desperate to neutralize Jack.
Jack's rogue operation includes kidnapping a high-profile target. Pools of blood, a knife wound, and Chloe's mistrust of her new supervisor add texture, while President Taylor feels the loneliness of power.
The Russian Federation President arrives to sign the accord, Jack wants justice, and Logan stays in pursuit. Meanwhile, Dalia has a realization, President Taylor rattles her sabers, and Chloe tests her mettle.