Robert Littell's best-selling novel gets a three-part miniseries treatment chronicling the saga of the CIA largely from the perspective of three idealistic young college friends who are recruited into the spy business. Field agent Jack McAuliffe trains in Berlin with his cynical mentor, Harvey "The Sorcerer" Torriti, becoming a CIA "true believer" in the process. Meanwhile, Jack's best friend, Leo Kritzky, skillfully navigates his way through the power maze of the Washington hallways of "the Company," eventually becoming head of the CIA's Soviet division. Ultimately, Jack and Leo find themselves on opposite sides of the Cold War with another old Yale classmate and friend, Russian-born Yevgeny Tsipin, who has accepted a position with the KGB. Jack occasionally clashes with James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's brilliant but obsessive counterintelligence specialist, but becomes close friends with English widow Elizabet Nemeth while helping the Freedom Fighters in Budapest, Hungary.