Allegiances are abandoned after a promise is broken in the opener of this drama, which follows a ruthless congressman and his equally ambitious wife as they navigate the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
Francis "Frank" Underwood is an ambitious Democratic congressman and the House Majority Whip. Following his assistance in ensuring the election of President Garrett Walker, Underwood is informed by Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez that the existing agreement to appoint him Secretary of State will not be honored.
Furious at Walker's betrayal, Underwood and his wife Claire, an environmental activist, begin seeking out pawns in a protracted political war against Walker. Soon brought into the fray are troubled Congressman Peter Russo and Zoe Barnes, a young political reporter for the Washington Herald newspaper.
**NOTE: Even though Netflix releases all episodes of House of Cards on one day, they are portrayed on the TV Calendar as airing one episode a day, for ease of visualisation.