By the late 1970s, Barry Seal, an airline pilot, was contacted by the CIA case officer, Monty Schafer. He asks Seal to take missions on reconnaissance missions to the CIA over Central America using a small airplane that has small cameras attached. Later, Schafer asks Seal to claim himself as a courier between the CIA and General Noriega of Panama.
During a mission, the Medellin Cartel approached Seal and asked him to airborne cocaine when he returned to America from his missions. As a result, Seal begins to carry cartel drugs to Louisiana. Although they are aware of Seal’s actions, the CIA decides to overlook these things because their missions are important to them and are willing to let go of it in the meantime, but those at DEA is not so tolerant and tries to catch it.
To avoid authorities, Schafer moves Seal and his family to an isolated city in Arkansas called Mena. Later, Schafer asks Seal to carry weapons for the Contras rebels in Honduras, Central America. Soon, Seal realizes that Contras are not serious about the war and start trading the weapons for the cartel. The CIA has set up a counter base in Mena, and Seal brings some rebels to occupy positions, but many of them leave shortly after arrival.