In a remote space observatory perched high in the Sierra Nevada
Mountains, a needle frantically scratches erratic lines on a strip chart
recorder confirming an extraterrestrial signal. Emmett Shaw (Stewart
Bick), the powerful, charismatic billionaire who owns the observatory,
rushes to the station, hungry to expose the discovery.
This is the biggest moment in human history and he is the man
responsible for it all. With the goal of immediately sharing the signal
with the entire world, he brings along two leading journalists–Kara
Walsh (Deborah Odell), an extremely attractive, top-notch investigative
reporter who begrudgingly owes her career to Shaw, and Reverend Fletcher
(Jefferson Mappin), a new age visionary with the hottest radio show in
Also accompanying Shaw is Jack Jones (Judd Nelson), a scruffy but
brilliant computer technician whose pessimistic and often sarcastic
attitude ruffles many feathers in the group–especially Smitty’s
(Michelle Nolden), the program director, who happens to be Jack’s
ex-girlfriend and the only Christian in the group.