Security guard Richard Jewell saves hundreds of lives when he discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But his heroic act quickly comes under the scrutiny of law enforcement as pressure mounts to catch the hugger.
When the media gets wind of the FBI's "hero-bomber" theory, a media firestorm erupts, engulfing Richard and his family. Meanwhile, ATF agents raise doubts as bombings continue.
While Richard fights back against the FBI and the media, ATF Agent Embry investigates a serial bomber terrorizing the Southeast and discovers a crucial link to the Olympic bomb.
The FBI identifies serial bomber Eric Rudolph and gives chase, but Eric escapes into the forest. Richard and Watson discover powerful evidence that could exonerate Richard and contemplate turning to the press for help.
The FBI search for Eric spins out of control as anti-government locals and Eric's family push back. Meanwhile, Richard must confront his inner demons as he prepares for a pivotal press conference.
Viewing him as a freedom fighter under siege, local militias rally around Eric and attack the FBI. As Embry continues to investigate, he learns that Eric is not who he claims to be.
Eric manipulates locals, militia, and FBI alike as he plans a major counterattack. Meanwhile, Richard appears on "60 Minutes" in a high-stakes gamble to save his reputation once and for all.
FBI agent Brennan realizes he needs to change course radically to catch Eric and allies with Embry to do so. In Atlanta, Kathy Scruggs comes face to face with Richard for the first time ever.
Risking everything, Brennan and Embry appeal to a powerful local militia leader with the truth about Eric, and a call for unity and moral courage.
Eric, starving and bereft of allies, is finally captured. But as his day in court-and Richard's exoneration-approaches, he has another dangerous secret in store for law enforcement.