Based on journalist Martha Raddatz's same-named best-seller, "The Long Road Home" dramatizes the heroism on the front lines of the Iraq War. On April 4, 2004 -- a day that came to be known in military annals as "Black Sunday" -- the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was brutally ambushed, an incident that changed the U.S. military's view of Iraq from a peacekeeping mission to a fight against domestic insurgents. Across eight episodes, the series cuts between the battle in Iraq and the homefront in Texas, where wives and families anxiously await news for 48 agonizing hours.
Sarah Wayne Callies
The rescuers finally punch through to the stranded platoon; eight hours and seven minutes after the first shots were fired, the men of the 1st Cavalry Division are reunited, and must cope with the new realities of the war that has just begun.
With Aguero out of play and the supply of ammunition fast diminishing, Bourquin struggles to signal helicopters in a desperate last-ditch effort to get located, culminating in a climactic final battle.
Tomas Young learns about the realities of war when Miltenberger's troop comes under fire; for Young, this moment marks the beginning of a lifelong struggle, with far-reaching consequences, through which he'll touch countless lives.
Interpreter Jassim al-Lani's troubled past is revealed and his allegiances are tested; tensions rise in the alley house as the insurgents change tactics and force Aguero to make a decision that will scar his platoon forever.
Denomy's mettle is tested when he leads the first rescue into Sadr City under heavy fire; at Fort Hood, Gina Denomy faces challenges of her own as a new leader of the Family Readiness Group and the mother of a newborn.
The First Cavalry Division launches a rescue mission when one of their platoons is ambushed by thousands of enemy insurgents in Baghdad; as news breaks, the lives of the soldiers' families at Fort Hood are thrown into chaos and uncertainty.
Martha Raddatz introduces viewers to the people whose stories inspired the docudrama.
Miltenberger and his men become stranded in the city in increasingly dangerous conditions as night falls; Denomy and Volesky regroup for another rescue attempt while Aguero and his men brace for contact; LeAnn and Gina try to reassure the families.