An idiosyncratic general confronts opposition from enemies, allies, and bureaucrats while leading a massive rebuilding operation in Afghanistan.
A general from the U.S. is sent to Afghanistan to "clean" the situation up after eight years of war in the country. He finds himself among tired soldiers and disillusioned politicians eager to leave. In this situation, he feels his mission is to "win" the war, something deemed impossible by everyone around him.
A tough general, hardened in his ways, knowledgeable about counterinsurgency operations, finds himself up against his own government and troops, confused about his own purpose, and without a clear plan of how to deal with the politics of "nation-building".