The Tracys receive a distress call from the crew of a cargo zeppelin. A giant loading claw malfunctioned and has started attacking anything that moves. Thunderbird 1, 2, and Shadow launch out in an attempt to land the ship safely. But the zeppelin contains a dangerous fuel source and there are still crew members trapped near the loading claw. Scott makes it to the cockpit of the zeppelin while Virgil begins to offload the fuel source. Kayo puts on a mech suit to deal with the loading claw while the crew escape. Ultimately, they put the zeppelin down outside city limits and escape just before it explodes.
In the 21st century, Jeff Tracy, a former astronaut, amasses a colossal fortune and decides that he must use it to benefit others. His answer to this desire is to create International Rescue, a unique private emergency response service equipped with customized designed vehicles and equipment that enable the organization to react to any crisis whether it be in sea, air, land, or space.
Jeff's five sons volunteer to operate as the pilots and field agents, as well "Brain" who acts as the teams engineer. In addition, Jeff's friend, Kyrano and his daughter Tanusha aka Kayo (based on the original series Tin-Tin character) agree to be the support staff. In addition to the field team, IR also maintains an intelligence network with Lady Penelope and her ex-con chauffeur, Parker as the chief agents in this arm.