To the skilled submariner and the disgraced officer (Ad Harris) getting under reduction within cleaning of an administrative board of the Soviet Navy, command charges one more mission – to prepare written off from balance of army a diesel submarine for resale to Chinese. Besides true team on its board there are two engineers having suspiciously wide range of powers and feeling there as houses. To resist to their samovolstvo fully a certain secret which is stored by the captain and by means of which guests with manners of employees of a state security try to manipulate it disturbs.
The era of cold war very long time ago sank into oblivion, but riddles of the past do not cease to chafe imagination of writers and cinematographers. Here and "Phantom" his authors declare as a tape "inspired" by events round disappearance of the Russian submarine in 1968 all data on which still are coded. This inspiration, probably, so sincerely carried away the director and his team that at them the film, on degree of brutality and the general heat hardly conceding to the same "K-19" Catharine Bigelou turned out.