Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring. Director Sidney Lumet gives an atmospheric vision of the future with a Cold War backdrop.


On a delayed honeymoon, Ray and Polly Cutler (Showalter and Peters) arrive at their Niagara Falls cottage for some romance and relaxation. However, when they arrive they find out that their reserved cabin is occupied by another couple, George and Rose Loomis (Cotten and Monroe). They politely offer to take another cabin, but the two couples become unavoidably tangled as time goes on.